Trick-or-Treating During a Pandemic

Public expresses different views on Halloween Tradition

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Grant Adamson

Halloween decorations are out, despite the Covid-19 pandemic

Dannis Adamson, Reporter

As Halloween concludes and kids start to count their candy, it is apparent this year has been different than Halloweens past.

The CDC reports that “Many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses.”

Because of this, the typical line of trick or treaters down the road was greatly diminished.

“It was my dad that said I wasn’t allowed to trick or treat,” said Arim Burger, age 12.  His hopes for candy were not dashed, however. “We went to Costco and purchased a bunch of it,” Burger explained.

Many houses turned off their lights to discourage interactions with the costumed kids.

The Governor has moved us back to stage three and everybody is pretending nothing happened,” said Ralph Oborn of Pocatello.  He asked how you are supposed to keep your family safe when 200 people are coming to your door.

Others decided that Halloween traditions were worth the risk.

Jared Zebe of Pocatello expressed his desire to hand out candy the same as any other year.   “I did notice that there were a lot more people that were respectful and a little more thankful for us being out there and giving out candy,” said Zebe.

Coco Christensen of Pocatello explained her family’s experience with trick-or-treating. “We weren’t going to and then at the last minute we heard that lots of other people were going.  Then we decided that it must be ok to do.  I can tell you that we felt perfectly safe the whole time and not worried.”

Local children report that some houses set out bowls of candy and one house had a chute that candy was put through.

Some parents, while turning back their clocks the next morning, may have wondered if their kids were safe.

Several costumes had an integrated mask to help protect against infection.  Though some children hit the streets just like they have done every other year.

“There were more kids without masks than with, but there were definitely a lot less kids,” said Zebe.

Hopefully, everyone made the smart choice to wash their hands before opening up a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

One doesn’t have to go far to see what nasty things Covid-19 can do.

Still, one has to wonder if the coronavirus has been passed via candy wrappers or spread in the congestion on someone’s porch. Let’s hope that isn’t the case.