What Will Halloween 2020 Look Like?

What Will Halloween 2020 Look Like?


The pandemic has already taken so much from the kids of this generation. From losing out on traditional summer activities to coping with online classes, it’s been tough. And now one more tradition may fall by the wayside.

Big Business and Simple Fun

Halloween is the second-biggest commercial holiday in America. It generates about $8 billion in sales every year, from costumes to candy to decor. Losing that revenue–especially with the threat of a subdued Christmas season on the horizon–could significantly hurt businesses.

The lack of Halloween festivities is likely to hurt families, too. Older kids who hoped to have one last trick-or-treating season may end up spending the night at home. And little kids will almost certainly miss out on the traditional door-to-door candy hunt.

Young adults will have to skip the annual parties this year or else risk the very real horror of contracting COVID-19. Any large parties that move forward this year could become super-spreader events that lead to large spikes in infections.

One More Thing We’ll Lose to the Pandemic

It’s a real shame that this year’s Halloween falls not only on a Saturday, but also on a full moon. Not only that, but it’s a blue moon–the second full moon in a month. That should have made for an extra-special holiday. Instead, uncertainty and fear eclipse the festivities.

The greater danger is that people who are desperate for some sense of normalcy will celebrate as usual. Even with basic social distancing, mask-wearing, and handwashing, traditional Halloween activities are simply too risky.

What About the Candy?

According to CNN Business, candy manufacturers are pulling back on “seasonal” packaging. Halloween candy will still be available, but major suppliers like Hershey are acknowledging that the majority of it won’t be handed out to trick-or-treaters.

Instead, we all know that most of the treats are for the people who buy them. That’s true every year, but in 2020, we aren’t even pretending that the candy is for the kids.

The logistics of trying to sanitize a traditional Halloween treat haul will likely deter many families from trying this year. Each state, county, and town will have its own safety guidelines this year. However, while you should follow the local rules as a bare minimum, it will still be up to individual parents to decide how much risk is acceptable.

One possible compromise is setting up a “low-contact” trick-or-treat table with snacks set out for kids to take. The “trunk-or-treat” model adopted by some communities is also a possibility. Unfortunately, the most likely outcome is that parents simply buy a bag of treats to enjoy at home while watching a family-friendly Halloween movie.