Annual Halloween Drive-In coming-up in Blacks Harbour

BLACKS HARBOUR – It’s almost time for Halloween, and Kelly Hanley is hoping Hanley’s Halloween Drive-In and Walk-Through will be taking place in Blacks Harbour. Hanley said she originally started hosting the event for her grandchildren, and it just grew from there. This year it is tentatively scheduled to happen on Halloween, which falls on Sunday, Oct. 31, but due to recent updates in COVID-19 protocols by the provincial government, it is subject to change.

“Our kids loved Halloween when they were young,” said Hanley. “I missed taking them out, so we started this haunt mainly for our grandkids. They love the thrill of being just a little bit scared. I’m a Halloween person. My husband’s more of a Christmas guy. He does a big display at Christmas. I like it because it’s the one day of the year you can be anything you want to be.”

Hanley said there will be a “bunch of spooks and ghosts and witches”, and Dracula will even be on-hand to offer up some good scares.

“It’s family-friendly. I try to keep it a little bit scary for the older kids.”

There will be some new displays this year, including the Bone Yard and the Spooky Garden Tunnel. These are family-friendly displays for all ages. Hanley said they will also be bringing back the selfie areas for family keepsake photos, cool selfies, etc. She wants everyone to feel free to “snap, tag, and share” as many photos as they want. Pets are even welcome, and everyone is encouraged to include their pets in their photos.

When asked how they are doing things differently this year due to COVID-19 regulations, Hanley said the main concern is to “keep everyone safe”. She said everyone will need to adhere to all of the provincial guidelines for outdoor events, including social distancing and using hand sanitizer. Masks will be mandatory, and visitors from Zones 1, 3, and 4 will not be permitted at this time. Again, this is subject to change prior to Halloween.

Of course, you just can’t have a good Halloween event without candy, and there will be plenty of that to go around for all of the trick-or-treaters. Hanley said there will be a table where people can get their treats, which will be bagged in advance. Again, physical distancing will be required when picking-up treat bags, and Hanley encourages everyone to wear masks.

“I have the basket set outside. They’re all bagged, the treats. It’s passed on a socially-distanced table, and they put their own treats in their bags. We have hand sanitizer and everything. I just want everybody to be safe and have a good time,” said Hanley.

There is no admission fee, but Hanley would be very pleased if visitors would bring a donation of a non-perishable food item for the St. George and Area Food Bank. Hanley’s Halloween Drive-In and Walk-Through will take place on Sunday, October 31 from 3 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. at 310 Route 176 (Blacks Harbour Road).