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Richmond mom shares excitement for daughter’s first Halloween

Only nine per cent of readers said they will dress up and head out on Oct. 31: poll
Trick or Treat
Stock image of a young trick-or-treater.

COVID-19 may have put a damper on festivities last Halloween, but Richmond resident Brenda Ly isn’t going to let that happen this year.

Ly was so excited to take her 20-month old on her first night of trick-or-treating, she bought her daughter’s costume back in August.

She also had her decorations up well in advance.

“My daughter Zoey and I did arts and crafts and put up some Halloween decorations on the windows and our front door,” said Ly.

She’s also planned to take her daughter to the pumpkin patch.

“Zoey is a tad bit young compared to the other kids we know so it will just be our little family going trick-or-treating,” said Ly, adding that they don’t plan on staying out late.

“We don’t attend Halloween gatherings even pre-Covid so the pandemic hasn’t really affected us much for this spooky season. We’ll definitely quarantine and sanitize the candy we collect.”

But not everyone is feeling so back-to-normal.

While there haven’t been the same public health warnings as last year about avoiding indoor gatherings and not going door-to-door in large groups, if at all, many are still proceeding with caution.

Not everyone plans to hand out candy, and some who do say they’ll be using tongs or using a clothesline.

A poll conducted by the Richmond News found, out of 556 responses, 36 per cent of readers said they will be staying home with their lights out, and 31 per cent of respondents don’t celebrate Halloween at all.

Only nine per cent of readers said they will dress up and be heading out on Oct. 31 and 25 per cent said they will be only be handing out candy.