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CREATING A UNIQUE HALLOWEEN AMID THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

This year, the Coronavirus pandemic really brought the whole world to a standstill. For several months now, governments have imposed stringent measures in an effort to control the spread of this novel coronavirus pandemic. Many events and festivities have been greatly affected, leading to many being canceled. We are now trying to cope up with the new norm and as we approach the spookiest holiday, Halloween, we are sure to experience a whole different event altogether.

This year will see some changes in how we celebrate this highly social festival with most of its activities, including costume parties, house-hunting visits and apple bobbing being discouraged. Also, its most popular activity, trick or treating, has been allowed with strict guidelines in some states while in others, it has been discouraged or cancelled entirely. The Center of Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, has come up with some guidelines to help keep everyone safe during this celebration. All in all, it is everyone’s responsibility to take care of their own health. For parties, before planning the celebration at your place, it is important to understand the level of COVID-19 infection in your community and also the rate of COVID-19 of your guests before inviting them over. Also, it is good to note that it will be better to invite people from the same area rather than people from different locations. This is because chances of you having the correct COVID-19 infection data of different areas is minimal. It will be preferably best if you invite only people in your neighborhood. It is also advisable that the gatherings should be done in an open space rather than indoors, and you should continuously monitor the behavior of your guests. They should strictly adhere to social distancing, wash their hands frequently and wear a mask whenever it is necessary.

These guidelines can prove to be a little bit of a challenge. However, there are other ways to celebrate this spooky holiday that will make it memorable and without risking your health or those of your loved ones. For instance, instead of going out for costume parties, how about carrying out a costume contest virtually with your friends? Since the start of the pandemic, going virtual has been the way to go and this Halloween, engaging with friends will prove to be a very unique and memorable experience. This will limit contact and exposure to the virus, and thus help to control the disease effectively. Who knows, maybe this will be a trending activity in the next coming years. This year also presents an excellent opportunity for families to spend the holiday together. There are many fun and spooky activities the family can engage in including watching scary films together, taking part in terrifying trivia, decorating masks or even sharing scary stories at the fireplace or on the yard. Games such as scavenger hunting can well be arranged for the children in the backyard.

In conclusion, this pandemic has presented us with a very difficult situation over the last couple of months. However, we have learned how it spreads, and we are well aware of the proper ways to control it. Following these control measures and guidelines will really help make Halloween become a unique one this year. Moreover, It will be a great time to bond with family and create memorable experiences with them. Remember, prevention is always better than cure.

Some of the research used in this piece was originally conducted by Betway.

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