Stay safe, trick or treaters


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An estimated 41 million people from five to fourteen years of age trick or treated across the United States on Oct. 31 in 2015 according to the United States Census Bureau.

Halloween is the time of year to have fun while being dressed up in spooky costumes. However, the scariness to this year’s Halloween becomes a little more real when there is a deathly pandemic still present. With over 844,000 active COVID-19 cases in the state of California and 56,000 cases in Orange County, it is best to look into alternative ways for keeping the Halloween spirit alive without spreading a virus.

Enjoy the Halloween holiday from the safety of your home by involving family and friends in socially distant events. Going from door to door may not be an option this year, yet that does not mean one has to miss out on all the fun. According to the Centers of Disease Control, some precautions that should be taken for events are the location and duration as well as the number of people involved to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. Furthermore prevention of the spread of the virus on Halloween night can be done by holding virtual events such as a costume party or even a scary movie night. Decorating the house can add a little to the spooky spirit while carving pumpkins with one another. 

Although outdoor activities may seem more exciting it is important to remember that the health of others come first. Along with a pandemic, flu season is right around the corner so it should be one’s first priority to reduce face to face exposure by wearing a mask and remaining sanitized while taking necessary precautions. In the few weeks that school has been reopened, Irvine Unified School District had seven students and five staff members test positive for COVID according to the IUSD website.  With this in mind, it is important to remember that social distancing and unnecessary gatherings can help the city be a safer place for everyone.

Furthermore, there are many different ways to have fun on Halloween night. This pandemic can be a way for many to become creative through holding low risk events while thinking of other ways to spend their holiday in the safety of their homes.