REMINDER: City Hosts Boocastle Halloween Celebration
Posted on 10/22/2020

Originally posted October 13, 2020. Updated on October 22, 2020

Put on your costume, hop in the car, and join the City of Newcastle for some socially-distanced Halloween fun on Saturday, October 31. Boocastle returns for its second year, but due to limits on gatherings, it will look a little different in 2020.

Newcastle residents are invited to participate in drive-thru trick-or-treating in the Lake Boren parking lot from 12-3 p.m. on Halloween. Simply drive up in your car and our volunteers will distribute a FREE goodie bag filled with candy, cloth face masks and other special giveaways to every costumed child in your vehicle!

“Halloween may look a little bit different this year, but the City of Newcastle wants to do our part to bring a smile to every little trick-or-treaters’ face,” said Newcastle Community Engagement Coordinator Christina Corrales-Toy. “We can’t wait to see your costumes and celebrate a safe, socially-distanced Halloween with you!” 

Newcastle residents only. Attendees must stay in their car and are encouraged to wear masks. One bag per child. We’re expecting a large crowd on the day of the event, so please pack your patience. Goodie bags will be available while supplies last. Regular park users should avoid the Lake Boren parking lot during the event and instead park on the street. Volunteers will wear masks and gloves and employ other safe practices as we assemble and hand out goodie bags.  

This event is produced by the City of Newcastle, the volunteer Community Activities Commission, and the Newcastle Police Department with funding from Waste Management and 4Culture.

Some Newcastle businesses are also hosting community events to celebrate Halloween. If you are a Newcastle business that would like to add your event here, please email

Businesses of the Newcastle Commons, led by Club Pilates Newcastle, is hosting Furry Friends Trick-or-Treat on October 29 from 6-7:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to dress pets in their best Halloween costume and trick or treat with the businesses along Newcastle Commons Drive for some yummy pet treats and toys. Social distancing and face masks required.

- Newcastle Fruit & Produce Co. will provide healthy kid-friendly goodie bags at their store on Halloween from 3-6 p.m.


Holidays are going to be different this year, no question about it. But we all need to have some festivity, especially in the midst of the all we’ve had to deal with this year. Halloween has some good celebration options since many activities can be outside and mask wearing is part of the holiday, but there are still some risks with COVID circulating. Public Health has tips to prevent illness, help our community stay on track for reopening, and still retain some of the spooky and sweet flavor of Halloween.

Read Public Health’s tips on everything from trick-or-treating to alternative safe Halloween options at

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