Adjusting to a new Halloween normal


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This article was published 26/10/2020 (703 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Halloween is soon upon us and no doubt things will look a lot different this year with the COVID-19 pandemic still gripping Canada hard.

I feel sorry for the little ones who will not experience this fun time of year the way most of us remember it. Halloween was always one of my favourite childhood events and, growing up just outside Winnipeg, the small-town feel just made things more personable and safer.

In grade school, we always had wonderful Halloween parties and would get reflective pumpkin clip-ons to add to our costumes to alert drivers that we were on the streets. Some of us would have UNICEF boxes to collect some small change for the cause. While the COVID-19 pandemic will make Halloween very different, here’s hoping that children and families will be able to have a good time.

My mother always made us beautiful handmade costumes that should have been preserved but are unfortunately long gone. We would head out after supper with our best friends and always came home with loaded bags.

When we were really young, it was a family affair with my aunt and cousins also joining us on the candy run. My father would go through our candy looking for any odd items (no doubt sneaking off a small treat or two for himself).

The weather in those days would mostly start off OK, but by the end of the evening it was usually sleet turning into snow. Despite the often-miserable weather, it was always fun and exciting and to this day memorable.

We couldn’t imagine not having Halloween and yet today this is what many youngsters are facing. Even in many parts of Charleswood, door-to-door trick-or-treating is fading away. Fewer and fewer children are seen walking around the streets ,especially in areas where the houses are further apart, the streets are poorly lit and the little ones have now grown up. In recent years, we have resorted to just leaving the treats in a Halloween pail outside the front door for kids to help themselves given the low numbers.

For this year, the trick is going to be able to have some form of Halloween and the treat for all of us will be when this pandemic can be behind us!

Happy Halloween!

Lisa Lagasse is a registered dietitian and community correspondent for Charleswood. Email her at

Lisa Lagasse

Lisa Lagasse
Charleswood community correspondent

Lisa Lagasse is a registered dietitian and community correspondent for Charleswood. Email her at or find her on Twitter: @LisaRD42324393

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