One dad's creative solution for pandemic Halloween

Daniel Fowler
September 27, 2020

Trick-or-treating in Lyons and Vidalia will be on actual Halloween night.

"For people in the homes giving out treats, it's always wonderful to be able to see kids dressed up", she said.

Almost one-fifth of respondents - 19% - said they would put out self-serve candy for those who are trick-or-treating this year. "If you may have covid-19 or you may have been exposed to someone with covid-19, you should not participate in in-person Halloween festivities and should not give out candy to trick-or-treaters".

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released Halloween guidelines that warn against high-risk activities like traditional trick-or-treating, haunted houses and costume parties, as well as hay and tractor rides, among other things. Then instead of handing the candy to children - surely a no-no in today's socially distanced world - you can simply throw it, which the site claims is "reminiscent of those nostalgic days gone by where parade floats threw out candy to kids who patiently stood by".

For the website of recommendations, the group is partnered with organizations like Unicef and companies that rely on Halloween for a large portion of their business, including confectionery company Hershey and costume store Spirit Halloween. For Stoutingburg, 30, that means hosting a small sleepover with relatives that features pumpkin-carving, cupcake-decorating and a scavenger hunt.

Currently, Degen said they have 14 to their count, and could use some extra drivers to deliver the candy Halloween night.

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Going to an open-air, one-way, walk-through haunted forest where appropriate mask use is enforced, and people can remain more than 6 feet apart.

In new guidelines released Monday, the CDC grouped Halloween activities into lower-risk, moderate-risk and higher-risk categories.

"We encourage families to keep safety in mind regarding social distancing, wearing masks, and safely wiping down candy wrappers upon arriving home", said Christina Schaefer, city spokesperson. We would go trick or treating go 5 till 9 every year and it was a blast. To help with social distancing, go to one side of the street at a time and stay to the right.

Attending crowded costume parties held indoors.

Using alcohol or drugs, which can cloud judgment and increase risky behaviors.

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