Consumers Still Planning to Celebrate Halloween Despite Pandemic

Marco Green
September 27, 2020

Trick-or-treating in Lyons and Vidalia will be on actual Halloween night. "76138uR-VVTJEaflBPcl0wL1UjEfdSP4G9SZaq6C7Y%2Fs%2F566964740%2Fbr%2F85932492711-l&data=02%7C01%7Cjmack1%40mlive.com%7Ca2bffa4b3fbd4706f2a408d860c4f9c4%7C1fe6294574e64203848fb9b82929f9d4%7C0%7C0%7C637365746408167222&sdata=xb7gKe7ia%2F5XPzUowpZ66ZvCSoQR7PlIPkOXTvZ%2BdHk%3D&reserved=0">halloween2020.org to find exciting activities and ways to celebrate Halloween this year based on levels of COVID risks in your area. A Halloween mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask.

"We're just so hoping that we can get trick-or-treaters this year, because it's all we've wanted for three years that we've been together and done Halloween parties", West said.

Guidelines for haunted houses and pumpkin patches are also included, with similar measures to ensure distancing and increased sanitary practices.

The guidelines also ask residents to consider an alternative to the traditional trick-or-treating, suggesting costume parades, virtual costume showing, or drive-by parades to view costumes or decorations. For Stoutingburg, 30, that means hosting a small sleepover with relatives that features pumpkin-carving, cupcake-decorating and a scavenger hunt.

To top everything off, a badge is also being offered this year which people can plaster onto their homes to assure visitors they are abiding by safety regulations. People have been creative enough to fashion safe, effective Halloween-themed face masks, such as these at Country Living.

Andrew Beattie's super helpful candy chute
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One of the best parts about Halloween for children and adults is trick-or-treating.

"All the retailers that are in the business of selling Halloween candy had to take a position on this for the first time in probably recent history", said Kerry Liu, executive vice president of strategic innovation at Kinaxis Inc., a supply-chain planning company. "That Ziploc of treats to-go would be good instead of having a full bowl, and having a kid put their hand in a full bowl after another kid puts their hand in that full bowl and continuing to spread the virus".

"You could go all out and make candy chutes or a giant spider web with candy trapped in it". The primary message is, "Don't let your kid eat candy with dirty hands", he said.

One recommendation for "yellow zones" includes setting up duct tape outside your home to keep children at six feet distance.

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