Halloween looks different this year


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Halloween is right around the corner. People are looking forward to this holiday and decorating and getting costumes. However, Halloween plans this year may be a little different due to the coronavirus. 

Random children coming to the door and all reaching into the same bowl to grab candy won’t prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Trick-or-treating may not be the easiest idea this year, but the CDC gives some guidelines for people who still want to participate to make it as safe as possible. 

The CDC recommends that people passing out candy make individual bags to reduce contact between people. This will cost extra money and take extra time but would avoid all children touching the same candy.

Many people like to go trick-or-treating with their friends in a large group. The CDC recommends that all trick or treaters stay six feet apart. This will change many Halloween plans and traditions.

In addition, the CDC recommends that everyone wears a mask which may not be appealing to some people. 

These guidelines may cause many people to skip trick-or-treating this year. They may not feel safe or want to follow these guidelines and just stay home.

Elderly people may not want to pass out candy to children because they are at a greater risk to the coronavirus, yet children will still come and ring their doorbell. 

Another problem this year is that many Halloween events, which are family traditions, are being canceled. 

“Our annual trick or treating at the Lyman Mill Village has been canceled,” sophomore Allie Wright said. “We are going to continue to dress up and take our Halloween costume pictures, but we will just stay at our house.”

“My family normally helps with Boo on Mill, and this year we aren’t allowed to have it,” freshman Annabelle Blackwood said. “It is truly heartbreaking for the young kids not being able to see all the smiles on their faces.”

Halloween is normally a time of fun and excitement, although this year people may have to enjoy it in a different way.