COVID-19 cases rising, Halloween sales dropping

Many parents and families have decided to stay home this year and passed the offer on trick or treating

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Amber Nguyen, Contributor

So far everything in 2020 looks different, but how will everyone partake in Halloween this year?  

Jeannie Kelly, mom of four and director of Education One in Frisco, an academic center that offers educational services, said, “Covid changed a lot of mentalities and efficiencies for everyone and I feel like the Halloween holiday will surpass and it’s not a huge ordeal because the turnout rate will be low and I don’t foresee it happening.” 

Her parental decision is to keep her family at home, Kelly and her family “don’t feel comfortable” and aren’t “too enthusiastic trick or treating this year”due to the new virus. She isn’t “comfortable” with the idea of going out during a global pandemic since herself and her family have never experienced a worldwide crisis.        

Everyone has been impacted or affected by the covid outbreak. Some people live in fear and some don’t; Kelly strives to maintain a positive mindset because if she “lives in fear” she’ll find herself “unable to control reality and her life.”

Overall Kelly believes that the population of participants for the Halloween holiday will be low due to the limitations and regulations of the state. 

Plus, the economy plays a role, she said. ” I believe that economics and politics will be involved during trick or treating, of course, no one will buy candy if they are struggling with financial issues, also as I said earlier the turn out rate will be low so it’s a small chance that anyone will come to your door. Politics can influence people on what to do, for example, democrats who are parents of young children will have a strong guard and be very cautious. Many parents of my younger students haven’t come back since the pandemic has started and it’s hard to convince them that it’s safe.”

However, Eva Coleman, TV Broadcast teacher of LTH, shares her judgement on how the holiday will look and said,”I assume there might be a lot of private get-togethers as people try to provide a “Halloween of the past” atmosphere. I feel sad for the Halloween stores because I’m sure their sales are way down.” 

She wants to “avoid large gatherings” and isn’t planning on celebrating Halloween this year and won’t be “giving out candy at all” either. She “values” her life and well-being over a “once-a-year-celebration” and “hopes to live to see many more years” in her life.

Coleman takes COVID-19 very seriously and has “lost loved ones due to this disease.” Her family might miss trick-or-treating but they still ”understand the seriousness of the pandemic.” 

Although “COVID-19 will impact Halloween, every long-celebrated holiday and our lives for many years to come” there are other ways to bring back these festivities. Coleman, being able to pick up candy from the store any time of the day, has no worries for her kids and is planning on “staying home and staying safe.”