Back by Popular Demand: A Cabin John Halloween

The pandemic forced Cabin Johners to get creative for Halloween last year so that sweets could be doled out while keeping trick-or-treaters, their families, and treat givers safe. The resulting plan, pulled together by Robin Sidel and former CJ resident Nancy Russell, created an incredibly festive and fun atmosphere throughout the community. 

The Cabin John Citizens Association wants to encourage Cabin Johners to continue
this thoughtful and creative approach to the holiday. Here’s how to participate: 


– Make sure your treats are commercially wrapped. 

– Starting at 5 pm on Halloween, set the treats up outside your house in a way that makes it easy for trick-or-treaters to pick one. Some ideas: 

     – Place treats on a table at the end of your driveway. 

    – Use wood skewers to decorate your lawn with treat bags attached. 

    – Hang treat bags from a tree in your yard with string or clothespins. 

– If you’d like to enjoy the festivities, set up a chair behind your table or elsewhere that provides safe space between you and the trick-or-treaters. 

– Masks are encouraged when unable to socially distance. 

– If you’d rather not participate, turn your lights off or put a sign on your door
or mailbox. 


– At least one adult should supervise each group of trick-or-treaters. 

– Please respect those who don’t wish to participate and only approach houses with goodies set up outside. No ringing doorbells. 

– Avoid crowding ⎯ if there’s a group already at one house, move on to the next one and circle back once they’ve moved on. 

– Masks are encouraged when unable to socially distance. 

– Bring flashlights and wear reflective clothing, lights, or glow necklaces and bracelets to make yourselves visible once it gets dark. 

Please send any pictures you take to VNeditorial@ by Nov. 1 for publication in the November issue of The Village News. 

Happy trick-or-treating!

By Loretta Devery Ingalls, Village News Editor 

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