What Halloween Will Look Like This Year Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic

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With October creeping closer and closer, many are wondering what Halloween and trick-or-treating is going to look like in the time of a global pandemic.

The Governor of New Jersey, Phil Murphy, stated that trick-or-treating would “still be on,” while across the country in Los Angeles, all parties and gatherings with non-family members are banned. In response, the term “trunk-or-treating” was coined to describe how costumed children go from car to car for treats instead of up to houses.

Meanwhile, in New York City, the pandemic has already forced the cancellation of its Greenwich Village Halloween Parade, as well as Hell’s Kitchen’s “Monster Ball,” the city’s biggest Halloween party.

While some places are already restricting the holiday, some are expanding it. Hersheypark announced that it will be expanding its themed events for Halloween and Christmas, with “lights out,” rides, and trick-or-treating for younger children on weekends from October 2 to November 1. Due to a recent change in park hours, it is rumored that Universal Orlando may be offering two horror nights in October. Disney World, however, has canceled their Halloween plans, as has famous towns like Salem, Massachusetts, and Sleepy Hollow, New York.

Amazon is also getting in on the Halloween excitement. They have over 3,000 different designs of Halloween masks for sale, in both disposable and reusable styles. Seasonal store Spirit Halloween is also continuing to open in many of their locations, although they may be having a harder time finding space as their usual spots are being taken up by COVID-19 clinics.

 

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One creative candy-lover even described a candy slide, decorated as a skeleton, that slides candy to the treaters from a socially-safe distance.

No matter how you choose to celebrate the holiday, we hope that you have a safe (and spooky) time.