What Will Halloween Look Like This Year?

Are there any good alternatives to traditional Halloween festivities?

Photo by Ralph (Ravi) Kayden on Unsplash

In March, we never imagined that by Halloween we still would be in the woods with Covid-19. Yet, here we are, wearing masks and social distancing. This poses some interesting questions for the upcoming holiday.

Halloween is typically filled with trick-or-treating, parties, and generally a lot of social distancing no-nos. In the new normal that the pandemic has brought us, it is easy to question if Halloween is even possible this year. After all, trick-or-treating requires transmitting germs from people touching candy and parties are a hub for all things pathogens.

Because of these negatives, I looked for other options for Halloween festivities. The first thing that came to mind was a Trunk or Treat where kids go from car to car in a parking lot instead of from house to house. Originally, I thought of it because that is what my younger cousin was doing for Halloween this year. However, I quickly realized that unless they enforce a lot of precautions, it can be just as dangerous as regular trick-or-treating.

A subpar substitution for parties would be a small get-together with people you have already come into contact with recently. You avoid coming into contact with new people and new germs. By doing so, you limit the opportunity of getting sick. You can have a Halloween movie night with Halloween treats instead of going all out on a huge party.

My final thought was to just buy a bag of candy for your child and go on a Halloween adventure rather than trick-or-treat. For instance, go to a pumpkin patch, look at haunted destinations in your town, or do one of those trendy ghost photo shoots. This alternative lets you social distance as much as possible, avoid coming into contact with as many germs, and it still lets you have some spooky fun.

Overall, Halloween is going to look pretty different this year. But this doesn’t mean you can’t have some Halloween fun. We just have to adjust our plans, just like we’ve done with everything else this year. Who knows, maybe this Halloween will be the best yet.

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Journalism student at the University of Kansas | Ghosted in America Podcast Host

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Abby Peeler

Journalism student at the University of Kansas | Ghosted in America Podcast Host