By Melvin Bui
Halloween is not about one particular day, it’s about the holiday spirit. This spirit is prevalent and celebrated all throughout the month of October.
Nobody said that Halloween was cancelled, so there’s no need to dampen the holiday spirit.
People can still decorate their houses with spooky decorations and such, but should have a sign out-front telling people that they’re not giving out candy to prevent the spread of germs.
It seems like a buzzkill, however. Halloween isn’t going to be restrictive forever.
Trick-or-treating is dangerous for children this year because of the possibility of getting sick with prolonged health risks.
These children can still expose their housemates to germs and get them sick.
So this holiday season should look different for everybody that is celebrating. Halloween is not just about trick-or-treating. It’s about spending time with friends and family, however, the COVID-19 pandemic will prevent many people from gathering in large groups. This is a great time to start new holiday traditions.
People can still dress up in costumes and have a small party with other household members or have virtual parties with other people. They can still carve pumpkins, eat candy corn and enjoy other seasonal treats.
The Center of Disease Control and Prevention guidelines allow for people to host or attend a small dinner with local family and friends outdoors where people are distanced more than six feet apart.
It is going to be hard to stop people from trick-or-treating.
There are some people who think the pandemic is a hoax.
The only spooky thing this season for these people is the possible rise in COVID-19 cases.
Sometimes people leave their Halloween cobwebs out until December and it doubles as snow for Christmas decorations. So celebrating Halloween can be convenient for those who are too lazy to set up Christmas decorations.
The CDC guidelines rate traditional trick-or-treating where treats are handed to children who go door to door, as a high risk activity. Halloween has always been about large gatherings; children line-up in front of houses for candy, streets are filled with trick-or-treaters, large festivals and parties are held.
It gives people the opportunity to look at each other’s costumes and make some priceless memories.
It’s the time of year where people screaming and yelling doesn’t raise much concern. However, this might spread germs because people are doing a lot of inhaling and exhaling.
The CDC guidelines highly recommend for people to avoid attending large indoor celebrations with singing or chanting.
The holiday became a big part of American culture as consumer culture grew. Due to COVID-19, many amusement parks and art venues are losing money because they aren’t able to have their special events.
It is a great time for people to start advertising their business’ or organizations on different types of media to see which audience caters to them.
The festivities start on Oct. 31 and end on Nov. 2. Halloween starts the holiday, extending to Dia de Los Muertos. Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos have some a similarities, however they are entirely different. On Halloween people dress up in scary costumes, but Dia de Los Muertos is a day for people to acknowledge death and remembering the dead.
When the COVID-19 pandemic simmers down in upcoming years, people can go back to their old holiday traditions. People need to realize that missing out on one or two years of trick-or-treating isn’t going to put an end to Halloween spirit.
People should look for new activities that give them joy during the holiday time. Traditions must start somewhere, so why not be the person to introduce new holiday practices.