The debate about what to do on Halloween went back and forth in my house as my seven-year-old daughter wanted nothing more than to buy a costume and go trick or treating.
As a parent, I felt so torn and didn’t know which way to go.
I respected how exciting Halloween can be for a seven-year-old. On the other hand, the health concern with respect to the pandemic was also important to consider.
I remember asking myself: How can we make this work and still be safe?
After deciding we were going to move forward with Halloween, we made sure we took the precautions I felt were necessary, including wearing a mask and gloves.
When we started trick or treating, I started to feel so overwhelmed with emotion in realizing how wonderful it was to see all the kids out and how so many people took extra steps in making Halloween a safe and enjoyable experience for my daughter.
They had individual bags with candies in them at the end of the driveway, handed out treats with gloves, sent them down chutes from windows and delivered them with tongs.
It was amazing to see how the community can come together when the kids needed it most and make it such an enjoyable and safe experience, instead of just shutting down and turning out the lights.
I cannot give enough thanks to the people of Kamloops who came together and made Halloween a safe, fun and happy time for my daughter.
We can overcome COVID-19 and find ways to be happy and healthy while still enjoying the things we love.