How is Halloween being affected by COVID-19?

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Audrey Peters, Writer

or many of the residents of the United States, Halloween is a pretty big deal. We love to wear costumes, carve pumpkins, watch scary movies, and eat candy. However, with the global pandemic, how is one of the country’s favorite holidays being affected?

Every year on October 31, people all over the globe celebrate Halloween. Dating back to Celtic Festivals about 2,000 years ago, Halloween was the Celtic New Year’s Eve celebration that was called Samhain. The Celtic people believed that for that one night, the borderline between the living and the dead became obscured. 

Many years later, this holiday is now widely known as Halloween, or All Hallow’s Eve, and is celebrated yearly. And as it’s not quite known for warding off ghosts anymore, it is a night when people all over the world take part in numerous “Halloween Activities”. 

Many of these “things to do” involve wearing costumes, having treats, and more. Trick-or-treating is a key event that many children enjoy on Halloween night. Many teenagers and adults enjoy haunted houses, scary movies, or Halloween parties.

However, what happens when a country is overtaken with a global pandemic? What happens to one of the best holidays?

Many people are unsure what will happen for Halloween this year. Social gatherings and physical contact should generally be avoided, but the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) say that, “Indoor gatherings generally pose more risk than outdoor gatherings. Indoor gatherings with poor ventilation pose more risk than those with good ventilation, such as those with open windows or doors.” 

 So this year, what can we do? 

Eating candy and watching Halloween movies is always an idea, but we can also set aside the time that night to carve pumpkins with the family, play some games, and do crafts! Outdoor activities such as “Trunk-or-treats” may be happening in your neighborhood, or maybe even a virtual Halloween party! In addition, many people have decorated their homes to spread the spooky spirit. 

So even though this Halloween may be different from the past, it doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun!