Covid crashed Halloween: like everything else, expect things to be different this year


Kamryn Drake, Staff Writer

In 2019, the total spending on Halloween was $8.8 billion. According to CNN, that’s an average of $86.27 spent per person on Halloween decorations, costumes, and other products. Every year, children across the country walk around their city dressed up in costumes to score free candy; the new challenge this year is how Covid-19 might affect Halloween. With how dangerous Covid-19 has become, some people are afraid to leave their houses.  Does this mean Halloween may be canceled?

Many companies around the U.S have had to change their whole dynamic for Halloween this year. Amusement parks such as Disney, Universal Studios, and Six Flags have all had to cancel their events for this upcoming Halloween. 

Although a lot of places have canceled their events or shut down, some parks have made alterations to fit the new safety guidelines.

Closer to home, the 13th Floor Haunted House in Columbus is still putting on their event.  The company has said they are limiting long lines, big groups, and lowering the number of guests allowed at the attraction. 

However, not everyone goes to these events. For those who still enjoy traditional trick-or-treating, the event may be cancelled in some communities. Recently, Los Angeles banned trick-or-treating, Halloween parties, carnivals, and even haunted houses, although the ban was then lifted the next day. Some states are still taking into consideration how dangerous trick-or-treating could potentially be. In Los Angeles, all large gatherings have been prohibited, while in Orlando, all parades and events have been canceled. Cities like San Diego are also considering drive-thru Halloween. 

States are trying to find different ways to save Halloween left and right. While many of the details about how these arrangements would work are still getting figured out, one thing is for sure: that Halloween will not be the same.