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The Year Without HALLOWEEN
« on: April 01, 2020, 12:13:54 AM »
I was wondering what the consensus is here:

Will there be a Halloween this year?

If I'm lucky enough to turn 74 in October, will this be my first year that Halloween parties and trick-or-treating are forbidden?

I will decorate my window, as always - but I'm not planning on any giggling kids telling me to smell their feet.  I've been wondering how I can best decorate my window to let the world know I still treasure the holiday - but my door will be shut and I will not be distributing possibly contaminated bags of "goodies".

A year without Halloween - Really?
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Re: HALLOWEEN 2020
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2020, 12:18:46 AM »
A year without Halloween - Really?

Just have to wait and see how things go. We can always do Halloween here!  :)
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Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2020, 10:05:35 AM »
I will decorate my window, as always - but I'm not planning on any giggling kids telling me to smell their feet.

Is it just your neighbourhood or are kids everywhere in California really kinky these days?

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Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2020, 12:29:20 PM »
Is it just your neighbourhood or are kids everywhere in California really kinky these days?

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Yes. California has been, and will always be, kinky kapitol (thank god).

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Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2020, 12:31:44 PM »
 Sadly, I do think Halloween will be cancelled. Thanksgiving will probably be celebrated online, as well. Call me a pessimist, or maybe a realist.

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Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2020, 01:09:04 PM »
Sadly, I do think Halloween will be cancelled. Thanksgiving will probably be celebrated online, as well. Call me a pessimist, or maybe a realist. 

Halloween is kind of a unique holiday.

Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas we all gather together with the family and close friends we love best and share food and memories.  They are pretty intimate occasions.

But Halloween we congregate in city-wide celebrations with strangers who would never guess our real identity, hold private parties that include people from work, more or less casual friends and their one-time dates, send our children out in the dark to beg for food from strangers or stay home and hand out edibles to large numbers of kids we would never recognize in their every day dress.  It is a time when we maximize our contact with total strangers.  A single infected person could touch the lives of hundreds that one night alone.

Halloween will fall on a Saturday this year.  Prime scheduling for participation in such goings on.

I don't think anyone will be in the mood for risking such behavior this year.  This year's circumstances might disrupt this treasured tradition for a long time to come.

 

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Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2020, 01:50:33 PM »
The science shows that this may linger into August (and beyond), but it won't be at the level it is now.  We'd be wise to have some semblance of normal in the mid-late summer and early fall.  Wave 2 may (and probably will) hit in the winter, so, if this current wave does die down, I see no reason why there wouldn't be normal summer and fall activities before the next wave.  South Korea is going to online school next semester.  We're not equipped to do that here, and I don't see a reason to do that if it is not rampant and spreading like wildfire, which it shouldn't be if we get things under control now.   

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Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2020, 06:03:33 PM »
I'm thinking there will be another round of social distancing this fall and Halloween will be cancelled; I'll still be decorating though

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Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2020, 11:32:18 PM »
I will decorate my window, as always - but I'm not planning on any giggling kids telling me to smell their feet.

Yes. California has been, and will always be, kinky kapitol (thank god).

Depending upon the neighbourhood and the demographics of the trick-or-treaters making the rounds, that could actually be a plus.



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Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2020, 11:26:09 AM »
I think this will all be cleared up soon, however, I worry about another outbreak this fall.  Would certainly be a shame if Halloween was canceled.  Maybe people could trick 'r' treat with social distancing and the houses can just keep the candy in a bowl on their porch or driveway.  I'm sure communities will come up with something to keep the holiday afloat.
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Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
« Reply #10 on: April 06, 2020, 11:09:02 AM »
I'm taking a wait and see attitude. Halloween already involves some social distancing. When you go to a Halloween Haunted House, you are not supposed to touch the performers, and vice versa. Typically, when you pass out candy to trick or treaters, you drop the candy into their bucket and bag. There's nothing wrong with decorating your home, and going for a drive to see other people's decorations.  What ever happens, it should be better than my Halloween in 2017. I was involved in a nearly fatal car accident, and I "celebrated" Halloween, being stuck in a hospital bed.
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Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
« Reply #11 on: April 06, 2020, 02:56:23 PM »
I work in the Halloween industry. Not only do I write and edit for Louisville Halloween and America Halloween, I am on the management team for two haunted attractions (The Legend at Pope Lick Haunted Woods and Blood Orchard Haunted Attraction) as well as Louisville's only Halloween Parade and Street Festival. I've been writing about Halloween for about a decade and, of course, I've never seen anything quite like this. The TransWorld Halloween & Attractions Trade Show in St. Louis was cancelled this year, leaving a lot of vendors who depend on the Halloween season high and dry. So, yes, it's going to be a difficult season.

But Halloween isn't going to be cancelled. I have connections to haunt owners across the country and nobody is talking about throwing in the towel. The Halloween industry will survive and be open for business in some capacity this season. In our state, The Kentucky Derby and several large music festivals have been pushed back into September. To compensate, we plan to eliminate our usual early weekends the last couple weeks of September and focus completely on October. I can't speak for trick-or-treating, but that is a tradition that has been on the decline for a couple of decades now. But the celebration of All Hallow's Eve is a very old tradition with very strong roots. It will absolutely survive.

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Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
« Reply #12 on: June 15, 2020, 01:44:46 AM »
Since my days off just changed to Wednesday and Thursday from Friday and Saturday, I no longer have Halloween off.  Bummer.  Hopefully I can take a vacation day or call off.  I like to spend Halloween night watching horror movies, vintage scary cartoons, and eating lots of candy!


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Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
« Reply #13 on: June 15, 2020, 01:49:29 AM »
... I like to spend Halloween night watching horror movies, vintage scary cartoons, and eating lots of candy! 

Without any trick-or-treaters, I will not be able to say I am just eating left-over candy.  I have to man up and confess that I am buying all those bags for myself.

(I never fooled anyone, anyway.)
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Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
« Reply #14 on: June 15, 2020, 01:54:52 AM »
Iím lucky to have several neighborhood kids.  I usually give them my leftover candy and a few comic books.  Along with candy this year, Iím trying to think of something. Lassis Monster related to hand out.  Might buy a bunch of Scary Monster $3 back issues to hand out.  If I can spark a Fire in just one kid to start liking the classics, then it would all be worth it.


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