COVID forces changes to annual Oak Ridge halloween party

The Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Department announced Tuesday that it will host a drive-through Children’s Halloween Party “Halloween Hollow,” on Thursday, October 29th from 6 to 8 pm.

Due to COVID-19 and the associated social distancing restrictions and guidelines, this year’s event will be a drive-through beginning at the A.K. Bissell Park’s west side field and ending in the Oak Ridge Civic Center’s west side parking area.

Event participants will be able to enjoy Halloween scenes, pick up preordered T-shirts, and children from the age of 4 years old to 4th grade will receive treats.

Employees and volunteers will sanitize frequently and be required to wear masks or face coverings when approaching a car and when within 6 feet of another person. Any participants wishing to come in to view the spooky scenes and receive treats will also be required to wear masks or face coverings.

All families wishing to attend this free event will need to register at, or by visiting

To assure a smooth event, officials say that there will be lane closures and traffic shifts along Oak Ridge Turnpike, which are as follows:

  • Oak Ridge Turnpike will have the right eastbound lane closed to through traffic; traffic in right eastbound lane will be directed into A.K. Bissell Park to join in on the children’s party
  • The westbound left turning lane will be closed and there will be no left turns into the Civic Center
  • The left eastbound lane on Oak Ridge Turnpike heading towards Clinton will be open to through traffic; westbound travel lanes heading away from Clinton will be open

For more information, contact Cameron Taylor with the Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Department at (865) 425-3450.

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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