With Halloween coming, Central New Yorkers are deciding how they will handle Trick-or-Treating this year in the COVID era.
I reached out to two neighborhood Facebook group chats and found a split in opinions among different parents and residents.
In response to my Facebook post, many parents have decided to allow their children to go trick or treating this year since their kids have been through enough and deserve something normal.
Parents mentioned they would sanitize the outside of the candy wrappers before their kids eat the candy. They emphasized that their kids will be wearing masks and constantly sanitizing on Halloween night.
On the other hand, many parents are not letting their kids out this year.
Kristen Lind, who is a mom of two, has decided to stay in this year and make her own Halloween fun.
“Just get the kids together and do a few activities. The kids will dress up, and we’ll probably just watch a movie and do some dinner together,” said Lind.
Lind believes that Halloween could potentially be a big spreader event.
“You are seeing a lot more children now that are getting it, so I do think it does have a lot of potential and it’s the main reason we are not participating this year,” Lind adds.
Central New York resident Sam Singh says he will not be participating in handing out candy this year because of the possible threat, yet he has hope for next year.
“If everything sorts out then it’s good, maybe next year we can do it on a bigger event,” Singh said.
A product called a candy chute has become very popular this Halloween. The Shoppe at Strathmore is selling 12-foot chutes this season to allow for socially distanced candy distribution.
Governor Cuomo decided early on not to cancel Halloween and left it up to CNY parents and residents to decide how to handle the holiday.