This year, Halloween falls on a Sunday! But what exactly can we expect from Halloween this year? With curfews and special rules last year, we are hoping that Halloween will look a bit more “normal” this year. With vaccines already widely available for anyone 12+, we are anxiously awaiting for the 5-11 year ‘wee ghouls and goblins’ to get their vaccines before Halloween. According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said during an interview on MSNBC that there’s a really good chance it will be available before the October 31st holiday. Given the upswing in new cases due to new COVID-19 variants, particularly the Delta variant, it’s unclear if federal authorities or local officials will bring back any event or gathering restrictions this year. To keep everyone safe, a face covering should be worn during trick-or-treating, perhaps safety gloves, or just put out a bowl on your front porch in hopes that no one will raid the whole thing in one go. Also, try to keep the kids out of the candy until they get home where they can safely unmask and partake in the candy rush!
Typically, in local neighborhoods and communities, trick-or-treating starts around 5:30-6:00 PM, and ends around 9:00 PM (or until you run out of candy). Leaving a porch light on is always a good indicator that your house is participating in trick-or-treating. There has been some new allergy friendly protocols identified as teal pumpkins, that let allergy prone individuals know that there will be non-food treats other than candy handed out like small toys, crayons, and stickers.
Before you make plans to give out candy or go out trick-or-treating with your little ones, please check in to see what kind of safety guidelines your city or county have put in place to stop the spread of COVID-19.
About the author:
Julie Lin-Friss was born and raised in San Jose. She’s been an athlete her whole life, and has participated in school sports, outside clubs, and martial arts. She decided to pursue a career in fitness and wellness after a 7 year stint in the corporate finance world. She is a Certified AFAA instructor and has taught group fitness classes for over a decade! She’s taught kickboxing, boot camp, HIIT, core strengthening, Pound, and self-defense. She is also a 5th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do! She loves cooking, knitting, crafting, shopping, traveling, walks on the beach, and hiking with her husband, two teenage boys, and two dogs, Mushu & Mochiko.