A Nightmare Before Covid

How COVID has impacted Halloween and what to do on this holiday to stay safe

Even the pumpkin wears a mask!

Photo courtesy of National Post

Even the pumpkin wears a mask!

Addison Mark, Public Relations Manager

Halloween this year was supposed to be the best in a long time. It falls on a Saturday, so we don’t have to worry about it being a school night and having homework. And it’s also a full moon, AKA a blue moon. This blue moon will be the first full moon on Halloween in 76 years, and you won’t see it again until the year 2039. Wow! And now this awesome Halloween is ruined because of COVID (just like everything else).

So there’s one question that’s been going around the country, what’s going to happen with trick-or-treating this year? Will it even happen? Many states in the US have actually canceled Halloween due to COVID, but of course, Florida has not. Now, Floridians are left to wonder what to do about being the ones to hand out candy to the trick-or-treaters, and what to do about being the trick-or-treaters.

Many people in my neighborhood, are actually not going trick-or-treating, and are turning off their house lights which tell people that they are not handing out candy. And some people, however, have decided to discover smart and safe ways to make trick-or-treating happen this year.

People have come up with ideas such as candy-catapults, candy hangers, candy gift bags, or just making a game out of it and tossing the candy from a respectable distance and try to make it in the bag. These ideas all help with social distancing between the houses, and the trick-or-treaters.

Other ways to be safe on Halloween, include wearing a mask with your costume when going up to houses to get your candy, regularly applying hand-sanitizer, and spray some germ-killing spray over the wrapped candy before touching it, and eating it.

All of these safety guidelines can be achieved if we all just be careful, and wear a mask.