The Highland High School (HHS) and Pocatello community is experiencing changes to Halloween this year due to COVID-19, which makes large gatherings and trick-or-treating unsafe for many people.
“Many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses. There are several safer, alternative ways to participate in Halloween,” the CDC said.
At HHS, some Halloween activities are going on the same as always.
“Junior Civitan is working on our October project, called Socktober. We have done this project in the past and had great success with it!” said Hailie Rasmussen, Junior Civitan President.
The Key Club is also running an October fundraiser, to raise money for UNICEF.
“I think it’s neat that they’re trying to help people in need,” Meredith Sanford, a HHS freshman, said about the fundraiser. Other students were excited about the fundraiser as well.
“I think it’s cool that we’re helping people,” Ana Larsen, HHS freshman, said.
There are relatively safe Halloween activities in the community too, such as the Swore Farms corn maze.
“All in all, I like it,” Whitney Lewis, HHS sophomore said of the maze.
The maze is different every year in an effort to keep it from getting boring.
Lewis said she didn’t “remember so many crop circles” from previous years.
Although some people’s plans are changing dramatically, some are remaining the same.
“Not very much,” Larsen said when asked how much her plans were changing. She wasn’t the only one.
Sanford said that her plans “haven’t really changed” either.
Many students don’t feel that the holiday has been ruined by the pandemic.
“I’m still excited,” Larsen said. Sanford agreed with her here as well.
She said that “yes,” she was still excited about the holiday.