Community Considers Children’s Health, Social Well-Being During Halloween

COVID-19 continues to challenge Perkiomen Valley School District students and their abilities to celebrate Halloween.

“Participation in traditional trick-or-treating where treats are handed to children who go door to door is higher risk,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says. Despite this statement, the CDC is only giving recommendations and it is not mandatory to follow what they suggest. 

That said, many households in the Perkiomen Valley School District are taking the COVID-19 regulations seriously, with their children’s emotional and social well-being in consideration.

“We are recommending that trick-or-treaters do not grab candy from a bowl that every child is reaching into,” Montgomery County Commissioner Dr. Valerie Arkoosh stated.

The question of how to celebrate safely still stands. Halloween is a special part of childhood that all parents want their children to experience every year. With COVID still at large, people are using masks, gloves, and sanitizer; anything they can to celebrate Halloween safely.

“This year we are wearing masks and gloves for all the events. We are making sure we are distant. We also got full size candy bars [so they are not sticking hands in a bowl, and plus it makes the day a little better] and setting up trick-or-treating so that people do not come to our front door but just pass by on the sidewalk,” Cortney Marengo, a Perkiomen Valley Skippack Elementary parent, writes.

Ms. Behl, an English teacher at Perkiomen Valley High School, and her family are also celebrating Halloween traditionally, but with extra precautions and social distancing. 

“I did decorate my house and I will probably leave a bowl of candy out on my front porch. I prefer not to hand it out this year due to COVID… I’m sure [my son will] carry hand sanitizer and he will definitely wear a mask!” Behl says.

Other households are handing sanitizer out themselves and being cautious of respecting their own and other people’s space.     

“I will hand [candy] out vs. having the kids pick like normal years. Ben is going to dress up and go trick or treating. If households have their lights turned off, then Ben will not go up and ring the doorbell. If the lights are on and the house looks like they are giving out treats, then Ben will go up to the door. We will be wearing masks which will be different than normal years,” Kimberly Walsh, a Skippack Elementary parent, says.

With a thoughtful and strategic plan in mind, it looks like the Valley plans to  have a safe and fun Halloween.