20 October, 2020
10.24.20 To trick-or-treat, or not to trick-or-treat?
To trick-or-treat, or not to trick-or-treat?
That is the question many communities are asking after Gov. Charlie Baker decided against canceling Halloween outright in Massachusetts, saying a ban on trick-or-treating could encourage people to hold indoor costume parties and other risky activities during the coronavirus pandemic.
Halloween 2020 is primed to be markedly more concerning than in years past for parents, as they consider allowing their children to trick-or-treat under a full moon and the threat of catching COVID-19.
Some communities are opting out of trick-or-treating altogether, while others have instituted coronavirus-related restrictions in an attempt to keep people safe.
A few cities, like Leicester and Worcester, have banned the tradition entirely, while other communities, like Hatfield and Shrewsbury, have left the decision to parents.