Halloween is just a few short days away, and some individuals still have concerns about whether or not it is safe to have their children go trick-or-treating or for teenagers and young adults to celebrate with normalcy. A year with a cancelled Halloween would devastate everyone of all ages. Throughout the month of October, children all over the country look forward to scary or fun costumes that they are going to don on Halloween. A lot of preparation goes into this, as all children want to have the best costume to impress and wow the homeowners they will encounter when they go door to door in neighborhoods to receive candy. Children are not the only ones who look forward to this spooky night in October, though. High school and college students also look forward to dressing up and having a fun night out with their friends. 

Halloween is an all time favorite holiday for many people, myself included. It would be devastating for me, and most others, to have a year with no Halloween. 

While this year’s Halloween trick-or-treating may not look similar to previous years, I do think people should still celebrate Halloween. With that said, I do think there are some precautions that should be taken this year to ensure that all of those out trick-or-treating stay safe and healthy. 

I think there are many options that can be put in place to avoid any face-to-face interactions when it comes to trick-or-treating. For starters, I think it would be beneficial for homeowners who intend on leaving candy for trick-or-treaters to put candy in either a ziplock or silicon bag so that children are not putting their hands in the same bowl that has already been reached into. Those who choose to do this can leave out bags that have been pre filled for trick-or-treaters. This eliminates any face-to-face contact between trick-or-treaters and homeowners, as well as any issues with children reaching their hands into bowls. Homeowners who wish to partake in this can simply leave the pre-filled bags on their doorstep or porch to allow trick-or-treaters to grab a bag and go and not have to ring any doorbells. 

There is no doubt that this year’s Halloween experience will not be exactly like the memories of previous Halloweens that we have had. However, I do not think there is a need to have a year without Halloween. 

We have all had a difficult year, so having Halloween to look forward to is something that will add a bit of light to all of our lives. 

So many children were deprived of events they look forward to all year round, such as summer camps, vacations, sleepovers with their friends and more. It would be awful to have children deprived of yet another fun and exciting activity, such as trick-or-treating. After all, trick-or-treating is one of the main reasons children look forward to Halloween. A year with no trick-or-treating is essentially a year with a cancelled Halloween. 

As for young adults, I do think their Halloween celebrations should be celebrated as well. Hallo-weekend is a celebration most high school and college-aged students look forward to each year. It is a weekend for friends to dress up together, go out and have fun. However, I do believe there should be some precautions that are taken. I think it is in everyone’s best interest that those young adults who do intend on celebrating Hallo-weekend celebrate it with those whom they have been regularly hanging out with. Doing so would ensure that everyone stays safe and does not risk anything, as the last thing any high school or college aged-student would want is to become sick. 

I know that some of the best Halloween memories I have had have been from my time spent here at Fairfield. My friends and I would always plan out costumes that we would wear for Hallo-weekend and then all go out together. It is always fun dressing up and taking pictures with your friends. Hallo-weekend is one of the most fun weekends that all college students, including myself, look forward to all of first semester. While we may not be able to celebrate the same way that we have in previous years, I think it is important that we all still make the best of it. 

Halloween is a fun-filled holiday that should be celebrated with as much normalcy as possible this year. We have all suffered from having events taken away from as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It would be a shame to have yet another event, such as Halloween, stripped away from us. With that said, everyone who plans to participate in any Halloween activities should take all precautions necessary to have a safe and fun holiday.


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