Halloween can still be a treat during pandemic


Emma Kimbler, Staff Reporter

Halloween week is here — but what will it look like?

With the pandemic in action, many have yet to decide whether they will participate in trick-or-treating this year or not. 

The Blockbuster Instagram page sent out a poll asking students if they plan to trick-or-treat. Of those students who voted, 36% said they do plan on going trick-or-treating this year, while 64% anticipate a fun Halloween night at home.

“I was going to be in a small group with friends on Halloween and have a little costume party/scary movie night,” said junior JC Coppersmith.

This plan helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 that could result from being in a large group of people.

Senior Sophia Montenegro has said that she still plans on going trick-or-treating with her best friend for a short amount of time on Halloween.

“After we get back to her house, we’re going to watch some movies, eat our candy, and possibly tell some spooky stories!” said Montenegro.

Montenegro’s idea of spending her Halloween with one close friend will also help keep everyone safe.

With Halloween rapidly approaching, parents and teachers with younger children have started making plans to safely celebrate the holiday. Burroughs AVID and English teacher Ernestina Palerm Wilson has explained her COVID-safe intentions.

Our plans are to create something similar to an Easter Egg Hunt but with a Halloween theme and decorations in the backyard for our son and our nephew,” said Wilson. 

While many have chose to stay at home for Halloween this year, some Burroughs students have decided to go out trick-or-treating. Freshman Emily Cain and her family have constructed a candy chute to safely administer treats to trick-or-treaters.

“My mom and I went to home depot to grab some PVC pipes and a joint that connects and turns, and it has lights over the top that we spiralled down and back up the pipe creating a double helix”, Cain said. “The pipe is set so that it’s at a good height for kids to put their trick or treat bags under it but it won’t just be angled at the plain ground, and underneath the shoot we made a cauldron that’s gonna have dry ice under creating the fog.”

Cain’s idea of safely handing out candy to children that come trick-or-treating will help prevent the possible spread of germs that might come with closer contact.

Whether you have yet to decide if you are going to leave your house for Halloween or not, it is important to follow California’s COVID-19 precautions and safety guidelines in order to keep everyone safe.