Halloween fears shift

The Reinke Bros building, a place that radiates wholesome spooky energy. Located off Main Street in Downtown Littleton, local teens continue to enjoy the haunted house and costume store despite the changes to the holiday.

Halloween. A favorite holiday by day, and a candy filled freak fest by night. But this year’s rituals of partying and trick or treating have been put on hold by the real spooky monster of this generation: COVID-19.

   Heritage junior Greta Kerkhoff plans to still celebrate the holiday.

   “People can still do safe things to celebrate like hangout outside with friends, cook, watch horror movies, or go to outside events like corn mazes,” says Kerkhoff ’22.

   There are a lot of options for this year’s teens to have some fun on Halloween, despite the virus making its rounds on society. Arapahoe High School junior Nolan Carmody reflects on his plans this year.

   “If I can’t get some delicious treats from my beautiful neighbors I don’t even wanna think about Halloween,”adds Carmody ’22.

   Without the classic options of trick or treating or partying, one might think there isn’t much to do this Halloween. This is quite the contrary, as there are still many safe options such as haunted houses and outdoor activities with friends. 

   “People need to be cautious this year on Halloween; avoid large groups of people and wear masks,” says Kerkoff, ’22. 

   This year, even though it’s tough, teens have to be careful. Covid-19 is no joke – and you can’t treat it like one. There are at least some activities to do still, like Kerkoff said previously, such as outdoor hangouts with friends and corn mazes. But ultimately, staying safe is more important than yummy candy.

   “This Halloween is probably gonna stink, but I’d rather stay home than risk my actual life. This will truly be a Susquehanna Halloween,” Carmody says.

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