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Changes to Halloween on Harrison Boulevard in the North End

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Posted at 8:50 AM, Sep 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-30 15:03:27-04

BOISE, Idaho — Halloween will look a little different this year on Harrison Boulevard in Boise's North End. The North End Neighborhood Association says most homes in the North End will not be handing out candy due to the ongoing pandemic.

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Instead, there will be a North End Halloween Tour & Scavenger Hunt starting on October 23 and ends on October 30. Kids will be able to view Halloween decorations and check items off a "visual scavenger hunt" list. People will be able to print off a map of participating homes and scavenger hunt items before the event.

Unlike previous years, Harrison Blvd. will not be closed to vehicle traffic as it has been in the past.

“We love sharing our neighborhood with the Treasure Valley on Halloween, but this year called for something different," said Will Varin, Harrison Blvd. resident. "We’re excited to start a new tradition that supports a great cause and makes people smile.”

Donations will be collected and funds raised will benefit a different child-centered charity each year. This year's charity is Camp Rainbow Gold, which helps Idaho children diagnosed with cancer.

“Neighbors may still be handing out candy on Halloween, but we know that the Harrison experience will be different this year. So we’re thrilled to announce a fun and safe alternative, and hopefully we can make a difference for a really worthy local charity,” said NENA Secretary Autumn Street. “And we are so excited for all North Enders to share in the Halloween fun that is usually focused on Harrison.”

There is a website and Facebook page made for the new, and possibly annual, Halloween event. If you are interested in adding your home to the Halloween tour, head to the website. The tour is free, self-guided and costume friendly. Masks are required.

Organizers ask Halloween decorations to be up for the entire week of the tour.