Trick-or-Treating Should be Put on Hold

With Covid-19 cases rising, is trick-or-treating safe this year?

Penelope Waterbury, Cav Culture Editor

Cartoon by Ariana Tackett

Although Covid-19 cases have been on a recent decline in Virginia, the virus has not disappeared completely. In fact, according to NBC, the weekly average of new Covid-19 cases in Virginia is higher now than it was back in June and July. 

What is the best way to ensure that cases continue to decrease? Follow CDC guidelines. Wear masks, social distance and wash your hands. 

How likely is it that children will follow proper CDC guidelines while trick-or-treating? Not very.

This is why trick-or-treating should not occur this Halloween.

Even the basics of trick-or-treating are dangerous in terms of Covid-19. Standing in the doorways of dozens of strangers’ homes and accepting candy from them, then eating that candy before hands have been washed, is not safe, even if masks are worn.

Social distancing while trick-or-treating is also virtually impossible. Sidewalks are only a few feet wide, and with hundreds of families being out at the same time, it would be very difficult to stay six feet apart. 

The lack of such a special Halloween tradition would be sad considering how out-of-the-ordinary 2020 has already been, but ignoring CDC guidelines and not being cautious against Covid-19 is the larger issue here. 

If just one child were carrying Covid-19 unknowingly, he or she could potentially spread it across an entire neighborhood. A pillowcase full of free candy simply is not worth that risk.

Keep in mind that trick-or-treating is not the only fun activity children can do on Halloween night. 

Stores are overflowing with costumes and family sized bags of candy. Kids can still buy their dream costumes and gorge themselves on Reese’s Peanut Butter cups while being safe and responsible. 

Families can dress up and watch a Halloween movie, bake Halloween-themed goodies, invite a small group of friends over for a party, or have some old-fashioned fun by passing a flashlight around in the dark and telling ghost stories. 

Also, just because trick-or-treating should not happen this year does not mean houses have to be stripped of their spooky decorations. Get in the car, drive around and take a tour of the neighborhood’s scariest houses.

Luckily, Halloween is not a once in a lifetime experience. In fact, it happens every year. So, even if this year cannot happen, there is always next year. And the year after that. 2021 is just around the corner, and all we can hope for is that things will get better. 

In the meantime, let’s continue being safe and practicing social distancing, even on Halloween.