Saddle up and put on your costume for ‘scary’ Halloween tour in Orangeville

October 22, 2020   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

An Orangeville mom has come up with a unique way to celebrate Halloween while still remaining in your social bubble and practicing social distancing.

Orangeville resident, Michelle Hartley, has plenty of Halloween experience having raised five children who range in ages from eight to 26.

With door-to-door Halloween trick-or-treating being frowned upon this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Michelle is creating a drive-by tour of local homes that have placed unique and scary displays on their front lawn.

This isn’t a new experience for her and her family. They do it every year.

When it became apparent that a lot of people won’t be handing out candy this year and many parents don’t want to risk their children’s health by having them put their little hands in bowls of candy that are available to the public, Michelle decided to share her experience of getting in the family car and touring local Halloween displays.

“I’ve been thinking about this for about six weeks,” Michelle explained. “With everything going on with COVID, and everything on the news about Thanksgiving and to reduce numbers, I thought that was good but Halloween is only a few weeks after Thanksgiving.  With five kids I’ve done Halloween for a long time a have always done yard displays and I was thinking of a way for parents who aren’t going to participate in Halloween to still entertain their kids and get them excited and give them something to look forward to.”

Every year Michelle piles her kids in the car, brings a cup of hot chocolate for herself, and they tour local homes that have put up a scary display on the front lawn. She put the idea out on the local Q & A site and immediately got a positive response from many people.

“My hope is the teenagers in the house, maybe the spouses – they’ll dress up as well,” Michelle said. “I think it’s way for everyone to act a little crazy and to entertain. And it’s free.”

Some home owners heard of the idea and decided to add to their display to make it more spectacular while others have decided to decorate their lawn for the first time.

Michelle has made a list of addresses of houses that have put up unique displays around Orangeville.

The plan is to have people get in their cars and tour the homes on Thursday, October 29, and Friday, October 30.

You can find out more info and the tour addresses by going on Facebook and searching for Orangeville Halloween Haunt Patrol.


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