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Parents wonder what Halloween will look like during pandemic

Many families are steadfast about spooky season, maintaining there will be costumes and candy like any year, while some have opted to reimagine the holiday and keep it at home.

Some are reimagining the tradition, others hope candy is still available at doors

Parents are wondering whether to send their kids door to door this year or find other ways to celebrate. (Shutterstock)

Some parents are already planning for a Halloween that COVID-19 is sure to make different from years past.

Many families are steadfast about spooky season, maintaining there will be costumes and candy like any year, while some have opted to reimagine the tradition and keep it at home.

Hayley Dormain says this might be her daughter's last year of trick-or-treating, so she's hoping people will still hand out candy.

"I've set up the expectations for my daughter as well that it might not be the same as other years but we can still have fun and dress up."

For Nikki Pike, however, the risk of going door to door is just too high because several people in her household suffer from asthma. 

"We're planning a little family party at home," said the Calgarian. 

"So we're going to have cupcakes and cookies and we're going to decorate them all Halloween. And we're going to have a dance party with Halloween music and we're going to watch them kids Halloween shows. And I think it's going to still be lots of fun."

Alberta's Chief Medical Officer of Health Deena Hinshaw says there will be more information from the province soon on the upcoming holiday.

"Halloween is certainly not cancelled, it will look different this year," she said.

"We don't have final guidance available but we are working on it. As with any activity we do during COVID times, we need to think about how to do it safely."

With files from Helen Pike

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