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Halloween meets Covid = Mega Superspreader
« on: September 23, 2020, 06:16:25 PM »
In the US, Halloween has become maybe the largest young adult party event, while we also still drag rugrats through the streets and door-to-door.  But given our poor track record on university and school reopenings, Debbie says the Halloween is going to be a real train wreck.

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Re: Halloween meets Covid = Mega Superspreader
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2020, 07:04:07 PM »
We have not gotten final word from the town on trick or treating and if it will be allowed yet, but I've already decided I'm not handing out candy this year if it's on.  I may put out a bucket with candy and let the little goblins take what they want but I'm staying clear of the feeding frenzy.

Kids seem to come in clumps on Halloween and remembering social distancing is a bit much to expect from the young ones when they are so excited.

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Re: Halloween meets Covid = Mega Superspreader
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2020, 07:26:34 PM »
>bucket

We've done that for years, worked fine.  Usually, a few 'illegal' (over age 14) teens straggle by late and we tell them to take everything that's left.

But, for the last few years, the neighborhood has been running a big T-or-T hayride.  Homeowners sit at the end of their driveway and pass a bucket around among the kids on the long, open trailers.  That'll work for us ...but I wouldn't want to be on that trailer.

Still, I think the big spreaders will be teen/adult house parties.
« Last Edit: September 23, 2020, 07:34:43 PM by rcjordan »

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Re: Halloween meets Covid = Mega Superspreader
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2020, 07:43:17 PM »
> parties

My advice to the neighborhood POA board was to not host any parties for Halloween and Christmas because they could turn into spreader events.

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Re: Halloween meets Covid = Mega Superspreader
« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2020, 09:50:15 PM »

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Re: Halloween meets Covid = Mega Superspreader
« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2020, 04:55:36 PM »
I have been tempted to build a zipline/pulley system to deliver the candy curbside to the kids but we only get 2 or 3 trick or treaters on a normal year so that is probably overkill.

My thought is everyone should set their kids up in lawn chairs on the front yard and people drive by and throw candy out the car windows to them.

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Re: Halloween meets Covid = Mega Superspreader
« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2020, 04:59:15 PM »
>throw candy

My daughter in Charleston is going to do the 'candy tube' piped to the bottom of the porch steps (as shown on /r).

Locally in town, there was talk of the police doing trunk-or-treat.

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Re: Halloween meets Covid = Mega Superspreader
« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2020, 05:15:43 PM »
In my brother's neighborhood they did the opposite for a little girl who couldn't have any friends over for her birthday. All the adults and families set up at the side of the road and her parents walked the neighborhood with her and people wished her happy birthday and sang and gave her small presents such as they could obtain at the depth of lockdown when retail was still closed.

I think she is about four. My brother said it was super fun for everyone and the girl seemed pretty happy. She didn't have any friends, but she was a celebrity for a day. I wonder if she'll remember it when she gets older.


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Re: Halloween meets Covid = Mega Superspreader
« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2020, 05:47:13 PM »
We participated in a little girl's 9th birthday this summer.  Her parents set balloons, banners, and chairs for the immediate family out in the front yard (about 50 ft from the road).  The parents posted on the church social site asking for people to drive by any time on the afternoon of her birthday (1-5, IIRC) and blow horn & wave.

According to the mom, it was a big success and the little girl was thrilled.

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Re: Halloween meets Covid = Mega Superspreader
« Reply #9 on: October 13, 2020, 10:44:38 PM »
Californians shouldn't trick-or-treat this Halloween, state says - Los Angeles Times
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-10-13/california-halloween-trick-or-treat-state-health-officials-coronavirus

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Re: Halloween meets Covid = Mega Superspreader
« Reply #10 on: October 16, 2020, 12:29:24 AM »
Officials fear Halloween could become super-spreader horror show - Los Angeles Times
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-10-15/officials-fear-halloween-could-become-coronavirus-super-spreader