A youth-led organization will be hosting a Halloween parade and virtual costume contest in the tri-communities of La Ronge, Air Ronge and the Lac La Ronge Indian Band this weekend.

Indigenous Spirits is putting on the parade as an alternative for children and parents wary of trick or treating during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shane Bird, a board member for Indigenous Spirits, said the group wants to help families enjoy the holiday and stay safe at the same time.

“Bringing Halloween to You’ is something that we came up with to stop the transmission of COVID-19 and the youth and families could still participate in a safe way,” he said.

The main parade is being held within the tri-communities and similar parades will also be held in other La Ronge band communities.

The parades will feature floats from various organizations including the RCMP and La Ronge EMS.

Bird said Indigenous Spirits is asking residents to remain on their front lawns while the floats drop sanitized candy bags on the ground for children to grab as they pass by.

The virtual costume contest is another way the organization is hoping to help families have fun during this pandemic Halloween.

“This year has brought many challenges and we wanted to celebrate Halloween and ease the stress of the parents,” Bird said. “For the families affected by COVID-19, we want to bring Halloween to them.”

He said the costume contest will be fun for all members of the family with contest categories for all ages.

These categories include most scary and funniest costume.

Bird said there are a total of 75 prizes

The routes of the parades will be announced on the “Bringing Halloween to You’s” Facebook page.