Citizens’ Halloween Tradition Continues Amid the Pandemic

Citizens Telephone Cooperative began hosting an annual Halloween event in 2010. The event has grown from an inside trick-or-treat for customers to an outside Community Event.

“We’ve watched children grow up and have enjoyed seeing their costumes each year. Sadly, due to Covid, the 2020 event will require everyone to remain in their vehicles, but it will still be a fun time for all. Our employees put a lot into this event and have used their creativity to put this drive-thru event together.” said Greg Sapp, GM & CEO of Citizens.

Each year the Cooperative holds a themed event that is frightfully friendly for all ages. Citizens employees were not about to let the COVID-19 pandemic dampen their community spirit. This year’s event will be a Drive-thru Halloween event on Saturday night, October 31st from 7 - 9 pm. Guests will start at the Floyd Rec Park to help avoid congestion along Rt.8. Attendees will be given a FREE ticket to attend the ‘Haunted Circus’ at Citizens, located at 220 Webbs Mill Road, Floyd, VA.

The event’s coordinator, Tina Osborne, explained that once cars are lined up at the Floyd Rec Park, they will be divided into groups and released onto the event route. “Safety is our priority,” stated Osborne. “We want everyone to have a good time and keep safety in mind along the route. We ask that guests remain in their cars at all times as they watch the circus come to life.”

This is not a normal circus as guests will see from the scenes and circus performers. There will be two routes, one for thrill-seekers looking for a fright, and a friendlier one for young children. The children’s area is sponsored by Skyline National Bank, Outer Space, Manifesting Wellness Chiropractic, Safe Surfin’, and ACE (Associated Citizens’ Employees). This area will include a stilt walker, live music by Kari and Michael Kovick, juggling by Geoff Marsh (, hula hooping by Luna (lunaversal.hoopz), and more!

“We appreciate the attendance from our community and are grateful to the volunteers who are joining us to make this the best possible event for a pandemic year. Special thanks go to the Floyd County Fire Department, the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office, The June Bug Center, and Citizens’ employees and families who have put in countless hours changing this event from a walking public gathering to a drive-thru event.” stated Greg Sapp.

For more information, please contact Citizens at 745.2111.