Most people who celebrate will carve pumpkins or watch scary movies at home, but some 41% will not celebrate at all — up 10% from last year, the survey reports.
“In many places, Halloween is a community event that brings together friends, 家庭, 学校, and neighbors,” said Shazia Miller, senior vice president of NORC’s Education and Child Development department, in a statement. “Like many things in 2020, COVID-19 will disrupt this cultural celebration and represents another loss of community during the pandemic.”
一些 41% of parents report their children are angry or disappointed about their canceled Halloween plans.
That doesn’t mean Halloween is completely canceled.
博士. Craig Garfield, professor of pediatrics and medical social science at Northwestern’s Feinberg and director of the Family and Child Health Innovations Program at the Children’s Hospital of Chicago, suggested in his statement that parents modify their plans.
Hiding candy around the house — which Garfield called “trick-or-treat meets hide-and-go-seek” — can be a safe alternative to traditional trick-or-treating.
“Much as I love the costumes and candy of Halloween, this year we will not go out and will not be turning on lights or giving out candy. I suggest other families do the same,” Garfield said in his statement.
“Now is a time to just stay together as a family.”
Overall, the lowest-risk way to celebrate Halloween is to stay indoors with your household, said Dr. Taylor Heald-Sargent, pediatrician and assistant professor of pediatrics at the university medical school.
“The bottom line is that there is a risk, and it’s simpler to just cancel everything. But everyone is getting tired of skipping fun events and disappointing our children,” Heald-Sargent said in her statement.
“It’s essential to follow the three W’s: 戴口罩, watch your distance and wash your hands.”
Heald-Sargent added that instead of handing out candy this year, she used the money she would have spent on candy to buy individually wrapped face masks to leave outside instead.