The little ghouls and goblins will not be haunting Aberdeen Mall this year.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, mall management has decided to cancel the annual Halloween trick or treat event, which normally sees more than 3,000 kids and their parents or guardians roam the facility as they visit each store, gathering candy and other goodies.
Kristi Williams, Aberdeen Mall’s marketing and specialty leasing manager, said the enclosed mall could not adhere to public health’s physical distancing guidelines and instead will create an online Halloween contest, the details of which will be posted in the mall’s website (aberdeenmall.ca) and Facebook page.
Meanwhile, in lieu of food bank donations collected at the event each year, mall management will be donating $1,000 to the Kamloops Food Bank on behalf of mall customers.
Despite the cancellation of trick or treating in Kamloops’ largest mall, that does not mean Halloween and trick or treating in general has been axed.
According to Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, trick-or-treating can be done with precautions to maintain physical distancing.
“Yes, absolutely I think we can have Halloween this year,” Henry said earlier this month.
“It’s just going to look different, like everything is looking different during this pandemic. We’re working on some guidance that we will put out around this, but I really think we need to think about small groups, outside. Not having somebody come into your house, but having maybe the neighbourhood doing things at the end of the driveway. Having prepackaged treats for kids so they’re not rummaging around in things.”