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The Lakes community hold Halloween boat parade

Posted at 10:24 PM, Oct 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-01 12:19:04-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — This Halloween is unlike any other. Some locals are getting creative to celebrate the spooky day! A west-side community decided to try celebrating in a safer and more socially-distanced way with their boats.

The Halloween spirit is in the air at the Lakes community. People in costumes riding their boats and showing off their lights and spooky scary skeletons.

“It’s very unique. Especially for Las Vegas to be living on a lake and have an amazing boat parade.”

Kirsten Scanlin organized the parade with about 20 boats taking part. The boats had people in the same household and went to various docks where kids could pick up candy or booze for the adults. She was thrilled to see the turnout.

“We’re having so much fun and I know that they’re really grateful and it’s just been a lot of fun,” she said.

She got the idea after their annual Christmas boat parade and thought it could work for Halloween as well.

“It’s really brought the community together. We’ve all decorated our boats with lights and decorations, and it’s been a tremendous amount of fun,” she said.

Dr. Christina Madison of Roseman University says traditional trick-or-treating is discouraged but says socially-distanced fun like the boat parade can be a safer option.

“Outdoors is better and limiting your contact and really making sure you have that physical distancing of at least six feet,” she said.

Scanlin says she is proud to see her neighbors and friends still celebrate the holiday.

“This is the silver lining of the pandemic,” she said.

Scanlin says they might consider continuing to do it every year, even when the pandemic ends.