Trick-or-Treating in a Pandemic

By Benjamin Slomich

Every October 31st, we all go out with our friends dressed in costumes and go from door to door saying trick or treat, hoping to come across one of the houses that give out extra-large candy bars. But remember, it’s 2020—a very unpredictable year. 

We all know that when you go out in public, you should wear a mask. Many costumes have masks, just not the ones we immediately think of. This Halloween, I think we should wear what I’m going to call the “2020 mask”—hospital masks or cloth masks—under your costume mask to be extra cautious. Sure, costume masks do cover your face, but are they good enough to keep you safe? Unless a health organization like the Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that wearing a costume mask provides protection from the virus, we should stick with what we know is right. 

Another issue is social distancing. Living through this pandemic has not been easy, and one of the hardest parts is maintaining physical distance. The CDC recommends that we stay six feet apart from non-family members. Proper social distancing, like mask-wearing, is another concern many people have about Halloween. What if people don’t want strangers on their property? What if they don’t want anyone knocking on their door?  Initially, I thought that the government would make kids stay inside this year, but can they really do that? It would be extremely hard to implement and wouldn’t it be strange seeing a bunch of police scattered throughout a neighborhood telling kids to go back home? Whether kids go trick-or-treating or not depends on how their families feel about the current situation.

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