It’s a few weeks before Halloween. Boo again, we’re experiencing a replay of the Spanish flu of 1918. That pandemic was at its worst by the time Halloween came around, which forced the holiday’s cancellation around the country. How spooky it is that 102 years later Americans are in the grips of Covid-19 and asking the question once more – to cancel or not to cancel -- Halloween. Should cities allow trick-or-treating, haunted houses and parties for the sake of pandemic-worn citizens – guaranteeing an environment for super spreader events?
I vote to err on the side of caution with a twist. Rather than cancelling this treasured day, it’s our challenge to reimagine Halloween in the time of coronavirus.
I was happy to see that in my town, Halloween will be celebrated not for one day, but for a week – from October 26 through October 31 -- for the enjoyment of families in the community. Goblins dressed in their costumes, wearing masks and social distancing, will roam the streets hunting for hidden treats (eggs) around the city. Tickets inside the eggs will lead lucky “trick or treaters” to Halloween prizes from merchants and organizations.
I can go for Halloween Week. What fun it will be to see -- in addition to the town’s annual scarecrow contest in full swing -- superheroes, storybook characters, rock stars, and other fantastic creations wandering the streets all the while keeping everyone safe.
Washing Hands + Wearing a Mask + Social Distancing = Saving Lives