This Halloween, you may not be sipping cocktails with friends at a costume party, attending a parade or traipsing through a haunted house alongside a crowd of strangers as ghouls and zombies jump in your path. Just like COVID-19 has changed work environments and education, it will also impact the way we celebrate Halloween.
Especially because Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, the restrictions set by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention seem to put more of a damper on the holiday. These guidelines discourage trick-or-treating, attending haunted houses and hosting large parties. However, the CDC has not advocated banning the holiday completely, for it suggested that face masks be incorporated into each costume.
In turn, it is still possible to live up to the words of Halloweentown film character Aggie Cromwell, who said, “Magic is really very simple. All you’ve got to do is want something and then let yourself have it.” After all, isn’t that what Halloween is about? And what better way to capture that magic than to dress up?
Some of the best-selling adult costumes this year include Harley Quinn, the Joker, Wonder Woman 1984, Black Widow and Mandalorian Beskar Armor. Top costume trends also are inspired by the coronavirus pandemic, according to Spirit Halloween. DIY costumes have become increasingly popular as well, so it is no shocker that many people are dressing as Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin from the Netflix series Tiger King, Super Bowl champion Patrick Mahomes and even Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Zoom meetings have become staples in our daily lives over the last few months. This Halloween, celebrations will follow suit with virtual parties, costume contests and haunted house tours becoming the trend. Rather than attending a gathering and drinking with friends, many people are opting to make creepy cocktail tutorials an activity during remote Halloween parties. Scary-movie marathons with costumes to match the characters on the screen will also be a great way to celebrate in small groups.
No doubt COVID-19 will alter the way we celebrate Halloween, but it is still possible to be whomever or whatever we want, if only for a day.