Maine families make tough decisions on whether to celebrate Halloween amid pandemic

Maine parents are getting creative to celebrate Halloween amid the coronavirus pandemic.Because cities and towns in the state don’t sanction trick-or-treating, the decision on how or even if to celebrate is up to families.Lebanon mother Mae Roache said her family came up with a new spin on the holiday after deciding to skip trick-or-treating this year.“I found these adorable jack-o-lantern type eggs filled with treats and candies online,” Roache said.Berwick resident Edwina Fogarty said she will skip handing out treats this year.“My husband and I are both in our 70s now, so we just don’t want to take a chance,” Fogarty said.Elise Furey said she and her three children won’t be doing the big Halloween party in Falmouth and will instead set up a table outside their home.“With treat bags with a couple of pieces of candy in each treat bag and tie them off so no hands in the candy bowl,” Furey said.Courtney Davenport said her family’s costumes will include the recommended face coverings.“My stepdaughter is a vampire, so I was going to get her a white mask and draw fangs on it and do the fake blood on it,” Davenport said.The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said that no matter how people celebrate Halloween, it is important to keep in mind the following things:Correctly wear a cloth face covering. Avoid confined spaces. Avoid close contact. Wash or Sanitize your hands often. Clean frequently touched items regularly. If you are sick or have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 or symptoms stay home.The website Halloween2020.org has been created where people can find the COVID-19 risk in their area to help make safe decisions to celebrate the holiday.

Maine parents are getting creative to celebrate Halloween amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Because cities and towns in the state don’t sanction trick-or-treating, the decision on how or even if to celebrate is up to families.

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Lebanon mother Mae Roache said her family came up with a new spin on the holiday after deciding to skip trick-or-treating this year.

“I found these adorable jack-o-lantern type eggs filled with treats and candies online,” Roache said.

Berwick resident Edwina Fogarty said she will skip handing out treats this year.

“My husband and I are both in our 70s now, so we just don’t want to take a chance,” Fogarty said.

Elise Furey said she and her three children won’t be doing the big Halloween party in Falmouth and will instead set up a table outside their home.

“With treat bags with a couple of pieces of candy in each treat bag and tie them off so no hands in the candy bowl,” Furey said.

Courtney Davenport said her family’s costumes will include the recommended face coverings.

“My stepdaughter is a vampire, so I was going to get her a white mask and draw fangs on it and do the fake blood on it,” Davenport said.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said that no matter how people celebrate Halloween, it is important to keep in mind the following things:

  • Correctly wear a cloth face covering.
  • Avoid confined spaces.
  • Avoid close contact.
  • Wash or Sanitize your hands often.
  • Clean frequently touched items regularly.
  • If you are sick or have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 or symptoms stay home.

The website Halloween2020.org has been created where people can find the COVID-19 risk in their area to help make safe decisions to celebrate the holiday.