Halloween is adjusting to the pandemic, with many fall and fright attractions proceeding as scheduled, mostly, writes Jason Nark for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Linvilla Orchards in Media offers pumpkin and apple picking, hayrides and other fall attractions.
This year the hayrides will have timed tickets to limit the number of people per ride and photo face boards will be absent from this year’s Pumpkinland.
“Every week, we’re reevaluating and learning how we can make it better. It’s a learning process for everyone,” said farm manager Norm Schultz.
Linvilla is looking at a slower fall season.
“It’s definitely going to be a slower season for us because none of the schools signed up for their weekday tours this year,” Schultz said.
Nicer weather over the last two weekends, including Labor Day, actually saw larger crowds than usual at Linvilla.
Normally, Linvilla’s 60 full-time employees are supplemented in the fall with 200 part time workers because of the crowds, Schultz said.
He’s worried farms starting out this year in the agri-tourism business, dependent on the fall, will be devastated by the pandemic.
Halloween spending is expected to be $8.05 billion nationally, down from last year’s $8.78 billion, according to The National Retail Federation.
Read more about how the pandemic is affecting fall attractions this year here.
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