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Discover Vintage America - OCTOBER 2020

Halloween 2020 doesn’t have to be spooky

by Corbin Crable

This year continues to be one of not just an increased focus on safety and public health, but one also rife with continued disappointment.

Up next on the COVID chopping block is the Halloween holiday, which is expected to look radically different this year as our global pandemic shows few signs of slowing.

Unlike the holidays since March that have seen cancellations or muted celebrations take place – that’s Memorial Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day – Halloween in contemporary times is marketed mostly toward children, which will add a heightened necessity of adherence to local and state policies regarding citizen safety and health.

Local towns and municipalities are still struggling with how to encourage parents and their little ghouls and goblins to celebrate Halloween safely. Between now and the big day, it’s a good idea to periodically check with your city government’s website for updates on information regarding safety measures and event cancellations.

Also, health officials recommend that if you’re still on the fence about whether trick-or-treating will be safe this year, look to reported cases of coronavirus in your community; you can find those numbers on the website for the Centers for Disease Control.

A Good Housekeeping article from early September echoed this idea.

“In an area where there’s still ongoing community spread [and things] haven’t gotten to the point where things are opening up again,  I don’t think trick-or-treating is a great idea, says Sandra Kesh, M.D.,  an infectious disease specialist and the deputy medical director at New York’s Westmed Medical Group. “In areas where the community prevalence is lower, I think it’s okay to plan to trick-or-treat, but it’s going to be a different experience than it was last year.”

Closer to home, in a September article from Real Simple, one Colorado physician agrees that parents should monitor the recommendations of healthcare professionals and local government bodies regarding the safety of trick-or-treating, but adds that parents and their kids should ultimately make the decision on their own.

“Just like we check the weather on Halloween, knowing the current state of COVID-19 in your community will be important in determining if it is safe or not,” says Michelle Barron, M.D., medical director for infection prevention and control at UC Health in Aurora, CO.
“Follow the current rules and guidance being given at the state and local level, and do a risk/benefit analysis based on the health of the individuals trick-or-treating and those who live in the household and decide if the risk of getting potentially exposed to someone with COVID-19 is worth the bag of treats.”

Until the big day comes, in this issue of Discover Vintage America, we examine Halloween traditions and trends of the 20th century, and we even take a look back at some vintage candies you might have found in your trick-or-treat bucket when you were younger. So many articles peel back the layers of the holiday to look at the holiday’s history in its entirety, but in this case, we’d much prefer that you hopefully learn something new about the Halloween of your childhood, or that of your parents and grandparents. After all, we’re in the nostalgia business here!

Happy Halloween to you, and we hope you enjoy getting spooked safely.


Corbion Crable can be contacted at editor@discoverypub.com.

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