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Editorial: Trick-or-treating, yes or no?

Editorial: Trick-or-treating, yes or no?
  • On September 30, 2020

From The Lookout Staff

October is upon us and that means spooky season has begun.

Halloween is a popular holiday for both children and adults to dress up in costumes and have fun with their friends.

This year, there has been a lot of controversy about whether letting kids go trick-or-treating is a good idea, due to COVID-19.

The Lookout staff believes that having kids go trick-or-treating this year is a bad idea for three reasons.

The first reason is, even though it is a mostly an outdoor activity, it will be difficult to stay six feet apart from people while going door to door.

The second reason is that kids are not going to want to wear their COVID masks, and a costume mask is not a safe alternative to a protective mask.

The third reason is that when kids reach into a bucket to pick a piece of candy, they tend to stick their whole hand in and dig around, touching countless pieces of candy. Now, unless parents plan on sanitizing every piece of candy before their child eats it, this is a fast and easy way to spread germs.

This does not mean we have to cancel Halloween and not have any fun. The Lookout staff suggests creating fun activities to do with children at home for Halloween.

Parents could create a Halloween scavenger hunt, in which they could hide candy all over the house for the kids to find.

Families could also team up with friends and do a costume contest for the kids (or adults) online and have their friends vote for the best costume.

Parents could create a haunted maze in their back yard, or inside the house, for their children.

This year has been difficult to say the least, but that doesn’t mean we can’t adapt and create new ways of having fun for Halloween.