COVID-19 is forcing Toronto stores to cut Halloween this year


Although it’s only August, people are already talking about how the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to ruin Halloween.“Halloween will be a lot less fun if we constantly say, ‘Don’t touch your face. Disinfect your hands. Don’t touch your mask. Don’t eat those sweets, ”said pediatrician Dina Kulik. in an interview.

A lot of people plan to skip the holidays all together.

“Since my kids are so excited for Halloween, I am personally delighted to see them healthy every day so we don’t go out,” a mom wrote on Twitter.

“This will be my first year without having the best time of the year, it upsets me,” tweeted another user.

In the United States, nearly three-quarters of survey respondents said they had no plans to go door-to-door with their children this year.

And in response to the wake of mass speculation that the coronavirus will cancel Halloween this year, retail stores are cutting back.

“We were planning to go big this year in terms of what we order for Halloween as it falls on a Saturday (but) we have canceled all of our Halloween orders we placed in January and are relying on our old stock from years ago. past, ”Ashley Windebank, Managing Director of It’s My Party, told blogTO in an email.

Candy Costume Shop has taken a similar approach.

“Everything I ordered, I canceled and we are bringing a very limited amount (new stock),” said Geoff Waszek, owner of Candy Costume Shop.

He told blogTO he was looking for fun masks to go with the costumes to bolster the business, but says it has been a struggle to increase sales.

“It’s difficult when everything you sell is socially linked. The only thing I sell are masks. If I don’t have a good Halloween I will have to close but we have no idea what it’s going to be, ”he said.

“We’re hoping for a half-decent Halloween, but I’d be happy for a Halloween at this point. ”

And it’s not just costume sales that will suffer. As Windebank explained, Halloween is also huge for bars, clubs, and restaurants.

“For us that means a lot of balloons, decorations and accessories. Due to COVID, we don’t expect the same volume in these areas, ”she said.

Not to mention haunted houses, pumpkin patches, and theme park events, like the Canada Wonderland Halloween Haunt, will also lose their usual peak in earnings.

“My suggestion is to have Halloween at home. Watch horror movies, dress in a costume, throw a dance party with your bubble buddies, and decorate your home inside and out, ”Windebank said.

And despite all the misfortune and gloom, most people are planning to do just that, or something else creative to keep the Halloween spirit alive.

People have suggested contactless pickup for candy as well as virtual Halloween parties.

“Everyone, I think, is going to need a little fun in their life. I believe Halloween is going to happen but I don’t know how or how much, ”Waszek said.

So while traditional treats might not be a possibility this year, Halloween revelers are sure to get creative and find a way to celebrate.


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