Every Halloween, children look forward to collecting candy from their neighbors and dressing up with their friends. The recent issue that has emerged due to the coronavirus pandemic is how everyone is going to make sure they are staying socially distanced and Covid friendly.
The Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC) have made it clear that Halloween this year should be one-sided. One suggestion that the CDC has included keeping everyone safe during Halloween is, “Participating in one-way trick-or-treating where individually wrapped goodie bags are lined up for families to grab and go while continuing to social distance (such as at the end of a driveway or the edge of a yard)”.
Gavin Berk, a senior at Perkiomen Valley, expressed his love for Halloween. “I love all of the cool decorations and fun activities to do. It is just sad how Covid has taken away my ability to enjoy most of it.” Luckily, there are ways to still have fun and enjoy Halloween activities. Berk said he is going to “continue to wear a mask and remain six feet apart from everyone if there is an event or gathering with a small group of people.”
By social distancing and wearing a mask, trick or treating could still happen.
Dr. David Priest, from Novant Health, thinks children should go trick or treating. “I think they can go with a small group of friends, although they all should wear masks. You’ve got to keep the group smaller – three or four friends outside wearing masks. And while walking down the street, they should try to stay socially distant. I think that’s a reasonably safe approach. Just avoid big groups and unmasked folks”.
To ensure that everyone is staying safe during Halloween, it is a safer choice to create goodie bags after thoroughly washing or sanitizing your hands. It is also a smart idea to leave a bowl of candy at your doorstep with hand sanitizer so that children who come to your house have clean hands and are not interacting with you.
Another senior at Perkiomen Valley, Sal McGuire, believes there are other ways to be safe and still have fun on Halloween.
“Social distancing and masks are very important this year,” McGuire said. He thinks that candy should still be collected but in a safe way like making goodie bags or setting candy out at the end of your home. Mcguire said that “by finding safer ways to distribute candy without interfering with anyone’s health, Halloween will be more fun for everyone.
The main goal this year during Halloween is to make sure that everyone is having fun and staying healthy.
Sources: cdc.go, novanthealth.org, thedailybread.com