Judy Kucharuk: Halloween dilemma


Are you giving out Halloween candy on Saturday?

Who knew the decision process would read something like a dreaded mathematic problem: If you take the number of costumes that have built-in masks, divide it by the number of costumes covered by snowsuits, subtract the percentage of kids trick or treating that are under the age of five, write your answer in Haiku format and then convert to French, how safe is it to go trick or treating this year?

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If you have tuned in to the radio this past week, trick or treating safety has headlined most stations. Infectious disease experts, politicians, neighbourhood watch captains, and parent advisory groups have weighed in on whether trick or treating can be done safely.

I am of two minds about this conundrum and can find valid arguments from either perspective. Five out of 10 children have a costume mask on already that gives them difficulty seeing and breathing.

Coupled with the fact they have a snowsuit on over their costume they are more apt to suffer a broken arm from tripping over a step than getting COVID-19 from anyone. Honestly, are we identifying the correct “danger” involved?

How close do you get to kids when handing out candy? Probably you are within the 6 feet social distance bubble — right? So why not do what Starbucks does and place the candy on a tray and reach out for the kidlets to grab their bag of treats?

Personally, I could use my, “getting stuff down from the top shelf” tongs, and gain an equal distance. It’s not like we haven’t been receiving deliveries at our doors in the past few months.

Have you received a package from Amazon lately and taken it from the delivery person at your door? No difference between that and giving out candy.

How can we keep the kids safe and us safe? Wear a mask, sanitize between every trick or treater (kids can do this too) and place your treats in bags that you can give out instead of plunging your hand into the big bowl each time.

Trick or treating isn’t going to be the most dangerous part of Halloween this year, rather it will be the social gatherings and parties that we need to worry about.

If you don’t want to participate, don’t fret or feel bad. Turn off your lights and go watch movies in the basement. Halloween doesn’t have to become the emotional tripwire of your week.

Judy Kucharuk is a community columnist living in Dawson Creek. 

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