Halloween Changes

Sydney Bolden, reporter

As October was nearing, many families and friends were planning for Halloween this year. But because of the pandemic, people were wondering what this holiday would bring.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Rochelle Walensky stated, “I am hopeful for Halloween 2021 when it comes to trick or treating.”

Many were still very hopeful for this year. Trick-or-treating, haunted houses, and parties are finally up for grabs. But with COVID-19, many of these activities had to be altered.

Last year, going door-to-door trick-or-treating and having indoor gatherings was too high of a risk. Experts at the time suggested that the number of individuals attending could risk those unvaccinated.

With more people and children getting excited this year, others are deciding if it's still safe to go. Experts such as Dr. Peter Chin-Hong said, “We do know that surfaces are not a big issue with COVID-19 , it may be an issue with the common cold, but not with COVID-19. It’s thousands of times less risky than the nose and mouth respiratory droplets.”

Freshman Shane Lorrey said, “I missed out on Halloween last year because of COVID-19, so I definitely want to go all out this year!”

Senior Alayna McGuire said, “I wanted my last Halloween to be the best and I didn't get to have that opportunity. COVID-19 has interfered with a lot of activities I’ve wanted to do, so being able to make up for it this year means a lot.”

As Halloween approached, many have made plans and ideas for the October season; and it's all hopes that this year could create those epic memories.

Halloween is the scariest time of the year. But because of COVID-19, how will it be different this time around?

Photo Credit: Caroline Picard

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