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Halloween during COVID: What a drive-thru spooky experience is like
USA TODAY’s Carly Mallenbaum takes us inside several pandemic-friendly Halloween drive-thrus in Los Angeles, California.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Halloween is going to look different this year – and it’s a necessary change that has its perks.
Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced it strongly advised against traditional trick-or-treating and other high-risk activities, including indoor parties or haunted houses.
So, not only are we expecting to see less people out in an effort to keep others safe, but we’re also feeling lucky about not having to endure some of the unnecessary (and sometimes even insensitive) costumes that inevitably come about each year. Because let’s face it, 2020 has made us tired and we don’t know how much more we can take.
So with people (hopefully) staying home instead of bar-hopping and party-going in their spooky-season ensembles, we’re rounding up some of the costumes we won’t miss this year, either because they’ve already been exhausted in 2020 or because of today’s social and political climate.
It may feel like ages ago, but the phenomenon that was Netflix’s “Tiger King” is what kicked off many people’s quarantine earlier this year. And for that very same reason, we’re OK with leaving it in the past. We needn’t remind ourselves of those early days of binge-watching the pandemic anxiety away – I think we’re all ready to move on (and move forward into 2021).
Another tempting costume idea is the flower-crown-wearing, big-cat-lover of the show. But we’ve already seen (for months) all the memes, celebrity recreations and TikTok impersonations to last us a lifetime, so we’re really good without it again in October.
Yes, the fly that landed on Vice President Mike Pence’s head during the vice presidential debate on Oct. 7 provided a minute or two of comic relief in this year’s unprecedented news cycle and tumultuous election season. But, the time for the fly has come and long gone by now, especially when there are serious issues at stake during the election.
There are also some more generic costumes that pop up annually that miss the mark, especially this year.
‘Sexy’ nurse and cop costumes
Amid the pandemic, minimizing the vital role of healthcare professionals, such in the case of “sexy nurse” and “sexy doctor” costumes, just feels off. If you’re looking to honor frontline workers this year in holiday plans, try following CDC guidelines instead. And with ongoing protests calling for racial justice and the end of police brutality, dressing up as a cop or criminal (yes, those costumes exist) is provocative, even if it’s not the “sexy” version.
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