Changes for Halloween in a pandemic


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Halloween will look different in 2020 due to COVID-19.

As we continue to endure the limits of life caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, new questions arise. As Oct. 31 approaches, what will look different this year due to the situation we are currently in? How is Halloween going to look in 2020? Much different than previous years. No one wants to see the spooky decorations and trick or treaters dressed as superheroes and princesses running from door to door collecting candy disappear, but is there a safe way to conduct Halloweeen in the midst of a global pandemic?

State legislators believe so. In the state of Illinois, Halloween will look extremely different this 2020. To begin with, the state has released guidelines that participators of trick or treating or distributing candy will have to follow. Masks are mandatory this year for anyone roaming their neighborhood in search of treats, and masks that are part of the costume does not count.

Alongside a proper face covering, members of the same trick or treating group must be of the same household and must be socially distant. With that being said, the social aspect of gathering with friends and extended family during this fall holiday will not be present this year.  Those who choose to hand out candy this year are being encouraged to place individually wrapped candies on a table outside their home, where trick or treaters can stop by, pick up the candy, and resume on their candy hunting journey, all while staying six feet away from others. Of course, we cannot forget the hand sanitizer and the practice of good hygiene. This Halloween, frequent hand washing and sanitizing of frequently touched surfaces is strongly recommended. 

Janelle Hoeksema of the business department said that this year she will not be formally trick or treating with her kids.

”Instead we are doing a progressive party with the kids friends in our neighborhood. These are people we have been spending time with within our ‘bubble’,” Hoeksema said. 

The Hoeksema household will be distributing candy this year, however, with some precautions in place. Masks and gloves will be worn, and instead of allowing kids to choose their own candy, the Hoeksemas will be putting them directly into the bags of trick or treaters. 

”The logistics are the biggest difference this year. Choosing to celebrate with the neighbors in order to avoid other people who are joining in on the fun,” Hoeksema said.

Given the situation we are currently in, people across the country will be doing their best this 2020 to keep Halloween as normal as possible while still being safe and taking precautions.