Everyone knows that Halloween won’t look exactly the same this year due to COVID-19 concerns. But how will Halloween related events change? What about parties and trick-or-treating? While Governor Murphy has said he will allow people to go trick-or-treating this year in New Jersey, is it really the safest option?
Let’s look at the facts. First, people will need to ensure that they are wearing masks at all times while out on the streets. And no, a Darth Vader mask is not going to suffice. Also, trick-or-treaters must maintain social distance and should stick to small or family groups. The biggest problem is the candy bowl. Every single kid who walks up to a house will likely dip their hand into the bucket and hunt for their preferred candy. This poses a huge problem considering the CDC has said to refrain from sharing any items, especially food. People who wish to greet trick-or-treaters at their door like usual are now putting themselves and others at risk. Although they may wear a mask and keep their distance, risk factors still remain.
So what is the bottom line? Should trick-or-treating still go on this year despite the pandemic and an increasing number of cases? The answer to this question really depends. Looking at all of the facts and all of the risks, do you really feel that it’s worth it just to get a bag of candy?
There’s so many other fun ways to celebrate Halloween this year. Whether it’s decorating your house, hosting a Zoom Halloween party, baking up a storm in the kitchen or just sitting back for a scary movie marathon. Halloween hasn’t been cancelled, but rather it has been adjusted we must adapt to this change. Perhaps this is the year where new traditions can be made. Maybe you can enter a virtual costume contest or make your own costume. Whatever it is, this year can be just as fun, if not more fun than traditional trick-or treating.
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