Most people who celebrate will carve pumpkins or watch scary movies at home, but some 41% will not celebrate at all — up 10% from last year, the survey reports.
“In many places, Halloween is a community event that brings together friends, family, schools, and neighbors,” said Shazia Miller, senior vice president of NORC’s Education and Child Development department, in a statement. “Like many things in 2020, COVID-19 will disrupt this cultural celebration and represents another loss of community during the pandemic.”
Some 41% of parents report their children are angry or disappointed about their canceled Halloween plans.
That doesn’t mean Halloween is completely canceled.
Dr. Craig Garfield, professor of pediatrics and medical social science at Northwestern’s Feinberg and director of the Family and Child Health Innovations Program at the Children’s Hospital of Chicago, suggested in his statement that parents modify their plans.
Hiding candy around the house — which Garfield called “trick-or-treat meets hide-and-go-seek” — can be a safe alternative to traditional trick-or-treating.
“Much as I love the costumes and candy of Halloween, this year we will not go out and will not be turning on lights or giving out candy. I suggest other families do the same,” Garfield said in his statement.