By Ashley Paiva
With Halloween right around the corner, and COVID-19 still ever present in the world, the question that is on people’s minds is “What will happen with Halloween?” With cases rising in the city and province, what are the plans for October 31 this year?
Overall, some traditions are still going to be happening just in modified ways. People still plan on eating candy with their friends or family, depending on social circle regulations, and still dressing up and staying in the Halloween spirit even with the pandemic going on. Some will still be putting up decorations and pumpkin carving even if trick or treaters aren’t around. Or watch scary movies while eating snacks all night. Halloween will just have to be celebrated in more “indoorsy” and limited ways this year.
I reached out to a few people who I knew were very into Halloween; in prior years they had gone all-out for this holiday. One of them will not be handing out candy as to keep themselves and the people around them safe. However, they will be decorating their home for the occasion. Others may or may not go out depending on the recommendations from the city and the case numbers of COVID-19, by October 31.
Some people plan on turning Halloween into something completely different this year. For example, a few parents have decided to make it like an Easter egg hunt and hide treats. They also plan on sneaking up and startling their kids themselves - including putting a mask on (like a Joker mask, not a Covid-19 one), jumping out of bushes, and yelling “BOO!” to scare them. All in all, this Halloween is definitely going to look different and will be one to remember!