Halloween is back in the Bay Area as vax rates up, virus restrictions eased

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The Bay Area saw a good way of scary during Halloween as compared to the spooky 2020. Kids and their parents went out to enjoy as the region’s post-high vaccination rates and COVID-19 restrictions have been down.

Superheroes will indeed be proud of the situation this year, as ABC7 found Spider-Man in Chinatown. He is also known as Max Kong.

“This is one of the first Halloweens he’s been able to get out because here’s four, nice to see people out celebrating Halloween,” he told ABC7.

The Chinatown’s Halloween Neighborhood Festival celebrated annually has brought back the scare away after last year’s scaling down.

When one looks around, there are a bunch of games and costume contests.

“We’re asking people to keep masks on, those who participate in painting inside have to show proof of vaccination,” Chinatown Community Youth Center’s Sarah Wan said.

Meanwhile, in the Laurel neighborhood, kids are out again to their anticipated trick-or-treat.

“My name is Carly, I’m batgirl for Halloween,” Carly Burnett said, whose sister, Sarah, stressed that amid the celebration this year, the virus is still posing a threat.

“I feel like people still need to be safe, need to wear a mask and socially distance and have fun,” she said.

Another resident, Denise McDarment expressed hope for the children aged 5 to 11 to finally get their vaccine doses.

“I don’t think a lot of people will hand out candy this year but with vaccine coming out, by Christmas we can go back to birthday parties,” McDarment expressed.

Berkeley also enjoyed the return of Halloween as it held a frightening carnival at Grove Park.

“I bought my one year old and my six year old, enjoying the atmosphere and the community coming together as a village,” carnival-goer, Tiera Wilson, said.

Once the center of the Halloween celebrations in San Francisco until the 2006 violence, Castro also enjoyed the comeback of the party.

Businesses around the area want to bring back the Glow in the Street, a party they enjoyed a year before the pandemic.

“We’re incredibly grateful that we can do this, this Halloween. That we can create a gathering for people who’ve been so starved for it,” Larissa Archer, the event organizer, said.

Police and private security were seen scattered around to secure the safety of party-goers on Saturday night.