It’s Just a Bunch of Hocus Pocus

By Heather Wood

With most of us being under quarantine for the majority of 2020, it is hard to believe that the fall season is upon us! With many vacations, family gatherings, and events cancelled this summer, we are all hoping fall has more to offer. Our department has done its best to alter/modify many of Kernersville’s favorite events this summer and will continue to provide you with alternatives to get you out of the house safely.

Our Summer Drive-In Movie series was such a hit that we decided to extend it for one more month! We decided to re-invent our annual October Pumpkin Run 5K event to a Haunted Drive-In Movie! We loved the idea of hosting a movie geared more towards teens/adults. Typically, our summer movies are G-rated films for all ages to enjoy. The community has spoken and would like to see a movie geared more toward teens/adults. We polled our Facebook followers and the votes are in…the October Drive-in movie will be Hocus Pocus! Kernersville’s Haunted Drive-In, brought to you by Ledo’s Pizza, takes place at Ivey M. Redmon Sports Complex on Saturday, October 17. Tickets are $25/per car and on sale now. Ticket includes a goodie bag filled with candy, promotional items, and two FREE commemorative t-shirts! Families can enjoy Apple Babies Gourmet food truck and Kona Ice, and photo ops all from within the safety of their vehicles. It will be spooky, but not scary, we hope to see you there!

The hope for a normal Halloween in 2020 may not be on the table, but an event coming this fall will still give area kids the chance to capture some of the season’s spooky spirit. The ongoing pandemic does not have to take all the fun out of Halloween, get ready for a spooky spectacular night! Join Kernersville Parks and Recreation, Kernersville Chamber of Commerce, Kernersville Police and Fire for the best drive-thru trick-or-treat in downtown on Saturday, October 31 from 6 – 9p.m. through Downtown Kernersville. This is a fantastic alternative to door-to-door trick-or-treating, put on your costume, pull up in your car, and let the downtown businesses fill your bag with treats!

How do you trick-or-treat while in your car? Well, there will be two streets marked off for entry and exit. Your kids will love screaming “TRICK OR TREAT” at socially-distanced candy stops. Businesses and volunteers will hook you up with a sugar fix, while wearing gloves, with individually wrapped candy for the taking. “Our kids are facing so many challenges right now, and we did not want the pandemic to ruin Halloween! We decided to create something relevant and exciting that could bring the entire community together,” shared Cady Ray, Recreation Supervisor for Kernersville Parks and Recreation.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Don’t miss all the fun! All participants must come in a vehicle; no walk-ups will be permitted. We encourage visitors to dress up and decorate their vehicles. Participants must enter through Harmon Lane off of Cherry Street to begin the route. We will have volunteers as well as the Kernersville Police Department guiding you through and directing you where to go. We have also posted a video on our Facebook page guiding you through the route to show you what you can expect for the evening.

*COVID-19 Note: This event will be held outside. Please remain in your car at all times. Plan to attend this event with members of your household. FREE to the public.

Please reach out to us at 336-992-0806 with any questions! We can’t wait to see you!

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