By Asziria Colbert

Staff Writer

Pictured Above: Keith Colbert as the Beast

It is sad to say that this will be the first year millions of people have to stay home for Halloween. COVID-19 has put a halt on almost everything for most families, specifically in regards to getting together for holidays, birthdays, and other special occasions.

Halloween is probably one of the most liked holidays because it is the one day of the year where people get to dress up, hang out with friends, and of course, get free candy. It leaves you to wonder how Halloween will still be celebrated with the “6 feet apart” and “Masks required” precautions.

There are people that are willing to go out and have fun in spite of our current reality, and my friends and I are some of those people. However, we will be celebrating with proper safety measures in place!

During this pandemic, everyone is learning how to adapt to the changes that have been mandated. Although we want to get out and have fun like we used to, this year we have to practice social distancing, keep our gatherings small, and be very cautious of our surroundings. Just imagine how the people that go head to head with decorating contests or costume contests are feeling about the whole pandemic and the precautionary measures we all have to take. 

I can say that I understand where the feeling of being overwhelmed is coming from. I’m still trying to adjust to the fact that there is a halt on everything right now and birthdays and holidays won’t be the same this year and might have to be celebrated from a distance through Google Meet or Zoom.

On a more personal note, my mother was hospitalized almost two weeks ago, and the paramedics told me that due to COVID-19, I was not allowed to go see her. The experience was quite frightening because I wasn’t by her side in the hospital and the doctors could not reach out to me.

This is a stark reminder that this virus must be taken seriously. We should all be aware at this time that we must wear masks out in public places and sanitize and wash our hands frequently as well as keep ourselves at a good distance from others. Better yet, we should all be aware of the COVID-19 symptoms in case we start to fall ill, or come in contact with someone who is asymptomatic. 

My mother is cautious with social distancing and masks, and she is allowing me and my sister to throw a small party with a few friends, just to get together and dress up. There will of course be masks and sanitary stations. I asked a few of our friends what they were doing for Halloween and most were just staying home and watching horror movies.

I also asked my stepfather what he was doing, because I know that every year, he enters these wild costume contests in Annapolis. For three years straight, he’s won first place, and he has it easy because his costumes look so real and his height gives him that extra boost. Whatever he decides this year, hopefully it will be safe, fun, and enjoyable.

I am excited to celebrate Halloween on Saturday, but the following question still lingers in my mind: “If you are planning on going out for Halloween this year, what precautions will you take?”

Despite the uncertainty, I hope everyone will get to celebrate the spooky holiday and have a great time. It is important to remember that Halloween will not always remain this way and we will be back to celebrating in-person again. Look at the positive: this year can be used to brainstorm all the cool costume ideas for future Halloweens!