Those looking for Halloween fun while staying COVID-19 safe can take their cars (flying or otherwise) to Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2310 E. 4th Street, for a "Hogwarts Halloween" between 4-6 p.m. Saturday. The church has taken its former Hogwarts party to the side of Fourth Street to ensure attendees can get a fully magical experience without leaving their cars.
"We're trying to be as creative as we can to make it as fun as possible while staying safe," said Annika Nielsen, a member of the PCC youth group hosting the event. "The last couple of weeks we've been going deep into the Pilgrim basement and pulling out all the props and getting things ready for a fun time."
Attendees can expect to see such Harry Potter themed items as the flying car, witches and wizards running into Platform 9 and 3/4, and chemical demonstrations from the school's potion master. Chemistry teacher Cindy Grindy will be responsible for the last part.
"We'll have little experiments with fire and smoke," Grindy said. "It'll be safe to see from your cars."
Grindy has been working with the youth group students to plan the event and said she's proud of their ingenuity.
"I've really admired the work they've put into this," Grindy said. "They've done well within the limitations."
Those who visit will walk away with wand kits, butterbeer recipes and candy, distributed via PVC pipes to maintain social distance. Attendees are encouraged to bring donations for the CHUM food shelf.
The event will be one of several Halloween events hosted by churches around the Twin Ports. In addition to the Pilgrim church, trick-or-treating events will be held from 4-6 p.m. at Hillside United Methodist Church, 1801 Piedmont Ave.; First United Methodist Church, 230 E. Skyline Pkwy; Hope United Methodist Church, 301 W. St. Marie St.; Faith United Methodist Church, 1531 Hughitt Ave., Superior; Forbes United Methodist Church, 33 Grove St., Proctor; First Lutheran Church, 1100 E. Superior St.; Bethany Community Church, 6700 Grand Ave.