The Pandemic Inspired Halloween Trend Boise Wants to See Return in 2021
Halloween 2020 was a weird time. The CDC deemed some of our favorite Halloween activities like trick-or-treating, trunk or treats, costume parties and indoor haunted houses "high risk" for spreading COVID-19.
They recommended not doing those things and suggested some really lame alternatives like a Zoom costume party. It just added injury to insult. Halloween 2020 was supposed to be epic as it fell on a Saturday and the same week as Daylight Saving Time, giving us an extra hour to celebrate.
That's when Boise started to get creative. The community had already been through so much and the last thing people wanted to do was cancel spooky season. The North End Neighborhood Association canceled their traditional trick-or-treating on Harrison Boulevard and replaced it with a walking tour of over the top Halloween decorations and a scavenger hunt. Boise's West End put together a walkabout costume parade that let kids pick up pre-wrapped treats from candy stations along the route.
While the neighborhood celebrations were fun, they weren't the most creative Halloween celebration in Boise last year. That superlative could only be handed to the idea of "Haunted Car Washes." The idea was wicked creative and we'd love to see it return in 2021! They were a drive-thru haunted experience full of creepy clowns, fake blood and other Halloween scares. You stayed in your own car, with your own family, got a few screams and a clean car out of it. COVID or not, the concept was awesome.
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There were at least two of these in the Treasure Valley last year. Sure Clean Car Wash on State Street did one and produced a really cool trailer for it leading up to the event. Bluebird Express on Overland also did a "Tunnel of Terror" haunted car wash and donated the proceeds to the Idaho Humane Society.
We have a feeling the latter will be back in 2021 as Bluebird has been soliciting for nominations for which local charity will receive the proceeds for Tunnel of Terror 2021! If you'd like to nominate an organization doing amazing work in the Treasure Valley, check out their Facebook page for more details. Nominations close on Wednesday, September 1!