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covid-19 halloween youth research

Rhonda Eviston, Senior Director

Our YouthBeat® panel has some new and some traditional plans for celebrating Halloween this year. See what they have to say from our Say What? Video Journals: 

What do the adults in charge think? Could trick-or-treating be canceled? – What? No way! But, some major cities (like Los Angeles) have banned trick-or-treating this year due to safety concerns, while other communities around the country are following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Instead, we expect to see safer alternatives like trunk-or-treating, along with virtual Halloween parties and online costume contests. Also, immersive outdoor experiences that minimize contact with others are popping up. In L.A., Freeform’s Halloween Road allows families to take a drive through their favorite spooky movies, while other cities have drive-thru haunted houses that let you get your scare on from the comfort of your ride. Costume trends run the gamut this year, from favorite Hamilton and Mandalorian characters (hello Baby Yoda!) to quarantine zombie, plague doctor, and even the coronavirus itself (blech!). In terms of treats, a recent flavor survey found that kids still prefer classic sweets like berry flavors and milk chocolate. 

Like so much else this year, Halloween is different but still joyous. Trick or treat, smell our feet, but from a safe social distance!

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