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Dubois hosts safe Halloween activities to brighten spirits and bring a sense of normalcy for children

Published: Oct. 31, 2020 at 2:19 AM CDT
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DUBOIS, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -

Dubois Chamber of Commerce and the PTA partnered to brighten the town’s spirits this Halloween. They felt it was critical for the kids to have some normalcy in this time of so many unknowns.

“When we had this meeting, we contemplated not having the event. As Dubois PTA President, we see the statistics come across to us from national PTA all the time. The depression rates have nearly doubled in children under 18. The suicide rate has increased, the last numbers that we got were 27 percent,” stated Dubois PTA president Melissa Claar-Reed. She said that Dubois is very community centered, and the children mean everything to them.

This year the main event will be a Halloween carnival on Saturday at Headwaters Conference Center from 5 to 7 p.m. There will also be specials at local businesses running all day, as well as daytime trick or treating at some of the shops and restaurants.

The PTA and Chamber of Commerce wanted everyone to feel included, so even if they aren’t able, or don’t feel comfortable attending in person, kids can ring the spooky doorbell and a bag of packaged treats donated by Dubois Super Foods, prizes, and a fun mask will be brought out to them. In addition, if someone is feeling ill, but would still like their child to have a treat bag, they can message the Chamber or PTA and a bag will be saved for the child.

“As adults, we struggle enough to deal with what’s going on, it’s hard enough, but children don’t have the normal outlets that they have. We wanted to be able to provide a safe socially distanced event with sanitizing, that they could still come out, still interact safely, but still get that socialization and that feeling of being important,” emphasized Claar-Reed.

To learn more specifics about the events, visit their updated link here: https://www.duboiswyomingchamber.org/halloween.

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