It should have been the perfect Halloween.
Early in the now infamous year of 2020, we were all looking forward to a Halloween that falls on a Saturday.
Especially after the wintry “horrors” of 2019’s Halloween — when three inches of snow fell and temperatures sat in the low 30s — we hoped 2020 would bring sweet trick-or-treat redemption.
However, with restrictions and fear over the COVID-19 pandemic still prevalent, Halloween won’t happen as we hoped. Instead, the holiday presents another challenge to alter, accommodate and entertain new ideas for how to celebrate safely.
Shortly after the Chronicle posted a poll on its website asking readers their opinion about the possible safety of Halloween activities, on Sept. 21 the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued parameters for responsible ways to celebrate the day.
Among its directives, the CDC cautions against traditional trick-or-treating, due to concerns that the practice could promote transmission of the coronavirus. Instead, the CDC suggested people exchange treats from a safe distance, while wearing cloth masks for protection.
The villages of Homewood and Flossmoor followed the CDC’s lead, recommending residents either exercise significant caution while trick-or-treating or find alternative activities.
Park district puts Halloween on the path
In mid-August, staff members with the Homewood-Flossmoor Park District started discussing a conscientious Halloween event, according to park…
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