March 27, 2023

As Halloween is less than six weeks away, spooky vibes are just around the corner. With stores stocking up on props, supplies and décor, people are exhilarated for upcoming festivals amid the pandemic. On the other hand, sadly, it’s now time for parents to tell their kids that Halloween will be different this year.

 Even though celebrations are going to be a little different, in a year that has been plenty of scary, it is good to spend some extra time with your family. Masks are going to be added to Halloween costumes and COVID-19 precautions are on the table along with your favourite snacks.

Kitchener mother of three, Angela Helen Rickets, says she would keep her eight-year-old daughter Katie, at home for a party within their bubble.

 Katie’s parents embellished their front yard with pumpkins and scary dolls to make Halloween fun and memorable for her.

“She got so excited with the decorations and we got her doctor’s costume and a little stethoscope for Halloween,” said Katie’s mom in an interview with Spoke.

“I know it won’t be safe outside, so we are just trying to make it fun for her at home, so you know she doesn’t miss out of anything because of COVID, she’ll dress up and we’ll click good pictures, that would be all this year I guess.”

Premier Doug Ford warned parents not to take their children for trick and treating this year, parents are aware and are taking precautions.

“Katie won’t go out this year, but we would put a basket with candies in it at the porch for the kids and their safety,” said Rickets.

With families like the Rickets celebrating Halloween at home, some local businesses are set to benefit.

Karen Goods, who has owned a pumpkin farm for over 30 years with her husband, says that it has been busy.

“People still want to decorate their houses and buy pumpkins to keep, so it’s keeping us busy,” said Goods. “People come in with their kids, it’s exciting to be a part of someone’s happiness.”

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