Trick-or-Treating COVID style




Alexis Bartosek, Reporter

     With the pandemic and social distancing guidelines, many wonder if local communities will still have trick or treating. Maybe not in all places, but around here, it is expected that trick or treaters are going to be out in full force. 

     Edinboro will have its usual trick or treating on Saturday, October 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. McKean and Waterford are also holding trick or treat on the same day and time as Edinboro.  Other local townships will also be joining in on the fun, but some people are expressing concerns about kids going out and risking touching candy that is possibly germ infested. 

     Some doctors are saying participating in trick or treating might be one of the highest risks of catching COVID. According to pediatrictian Victoria Regan, “The number one rule this year is going to be making sure everyone is wearing their mask.”

     Costume masks do not count as face coverings. “That’s not going to give us enough protection. You also don’t want to wear the costume mask over the regular mask,” Dr. Regan explained. “It can interfere with breathing and the air you are exchanging the flow of oxygen from your mouth into a trapped area that may be harming you as well.”

    Many parents are willing to taking the risk of contracting Covid because they want their children to have a little normalcy during this pandemic. If your family decides to participate in a local event, there are some safety precautions that you can take.  Rather than letting someone who is trick-or-treating grab candy from a bowl, those who are handing out the candy should also take safety precautions to keep everyone safe.  Don’t allow anyone to grab out of the same candy bowl. Spread out the candy on a table, the sidewalk, or have goodie bags lined up for easy grab and go. These safety precautions could help cease the spread of Covid.

      Instead of trick-or-treating people could stay at home and do some fun family activities and be safe and Corona free. Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household and displaying them is a great option. Another is to decorate your house, apartment, or living space and having a mini trick or treat at home.  Adults can make a Halloween scavenger hunt where children are given lists of Halloween-themed things to look for while they walk outdoors from house to house admiring Halloween decorations at a distance.  Have a child pick out a costume online or choose one in store and let them show it off to their family. Children could have a social distance virtual Halloween costume contest, a fun and possibly scary competition. Families or friends could have a Halloween movie night with people they live with.