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How to Trick-or-Treat during the Pandemic

By: Andy Chen

It’s that time of the year again, but this year is like no other. RIP, in-person Halloween — may spooky ghosts haunt your grave forever.

With the coronavirus running rampant, door-to-door trick-or-treating obviously isn’t a bright idea this year. Many young children are likely devastated by the cancellation of what might be their favorite holiday of the year. After all, who doesn’t love free candy? And despite the unique circumstances this year, how can parents and students maximize the spirit of Halloween in the safest way possible?

Of course, the best way to keep safe is to stay inside, choosing not to give or receive any candy. But this might not sit well with many families who look forward to celebrating the annual October tradition. So if you’re looking for a more fun and fulfilling Halloween with little risk, here are some other solutions:

One way to stay safe is to participate in one-way trick-or-treating, wherein gifters wrap candies in little bags or bundles and leave them more than 6 feet from the doorway, mitigating human contact. Another idea, courtesy of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), is to host an open-aired costume party or parade, in which social distancing norms are enforced and masks (possibly decorated!) stay on at all times.

Of course, the above ideas do carry a moderate risk; if you’re only looking to celebrate the spirit of Ol’ Jack with your family, the CDC recommends carving jack-o’-lanterns, which you could display as a treat to your neighbors.
You could also hold a virtual costume contest with your friends, or alternatively, host a Halloween movie night with your friends or family. For particularly spooky movies, try “Coraline,” “Scream” or “IT.”

Have fun — and above all, don’t forget to stay safe!

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