OnFocus – Marshfield’s popular 5th Street trick-or-treating destination will look a bit different this year, as many of the street’s residents are choosing not to participate in trick-or-treating this year due to COVID-19 risks.
“I understand that we need to keep trying to lead our lives, but on the other hand as a medical worker, I just can’t support trick-or-treating this year,” said Dr. Tom Novicki, a medical microbiologist who lives on 5th Street. “I’m very much in favor of distancing and small groups and wearing masks. Little kids are tough to control and we don’t want to expose ourselves, so we’ll be stepping aside this time.”
The Novicki family has been a big celebrator of Halloween since moving into their 5th Street home 16 years ago, but are putting the tradition on hold to protect themselves and others.
“I think people should stay home and trick-or-treat with close family and friends,” said Novicki. “I just don’t think we should be doing it with the current pandemic. I feel very strongly about that.”
Novicki added that he hopes everyone can pull together this year so that the festivities can return next year.
“We’re keeping our fingers crossed for that vaccine,” he said. “There are a lot of people working very hard on that. Hopefully we can celebrate next year.”
Fifth Street in Marshfield will be closed for trick-or-treating during Marshfield’s trick-or-treat hours of 4:00pm-7:00pm, though fewer houses are participating than in normal years. The haunted house on the corner of 5th Street and Lincoln Ave is also not operating this year.
Editor’s SIDE NOTE: Trick-or-treaters are encouraged to keep watch for a missing dog in the 5th Street area. Marshfield Area Pet Shelter has more information on their page (see below). If you see Peaches, please call the number listed. Do not try to catch her as she is skittish.
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