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A local Catholic church demonstrates that you don't have to cancel a safe Hallowe;en, even in a pandmic

DAVID F. ASHTON - Adults and kids got to show off their Halloween costumes at this safely-distanced, drive-by Holy Family School after-school celebration. With the coronavirus pandemic dampening many Hallowe'en activities, including trick-or-treating this year, Eastmoreland's Holy Family Catholic School community held an outdoor, "drive-through" event at their campus on October 30.

At the end of their abbreviated in-school day, teachers and eighth graders donned costumes, and positioned themselves outside the building to greet parents as they drove by to pick up their kids.

"As a teacher, I've seen five Hallowe'en holidays; this is the most different and unusual one that I or any teacher have ever experienced," remarked Holy Family fifth grade teacher Abbey Dankoff.

"We decided to have a little Hallowe'en get together for the kids and families," Dankoff explained to THE BEE. "It's been hard for a lot of them to be away from their classmates and their friends. So, our staff all pulled together in a way that would allow the kids to see each other safely, and still celebrate Hallowe'en in costume – with responsibility!"

While it really wasn't a "party", the staff said later they'd enjoyed the drive-by celebration as much as did the kids.


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