COVID-19 pandemic altering Halloween plans for many as health officials urge people to skip parties

WatchHalloween costume shops are opening under very different circumstances due to COVID-19 as health officials urge people to skip parties this year. Skye Ryan on what is being recommended and how it's going over. 

She may be 23-years-old, but Taylor Vassett is planning on dressing up as a grandmother this coming Halloween.

“I think it really embodies what I’m all about,” Vassett told CHEK News in Nanaimo on Sunday.

It will be a far reach from the maid’s outfit and princess the Nanaimo woman has worn in previous years.

Because of COVID-19, Vassett and her friends have toned down their outfits and their plans this year, opting for a quiet dinner on Halloween, instead of their typical party at a club.

“We’re not going out anywhere fancy so it is just for fun this year,” said Vassett’s friend Jessica Gjerd.

Kerry Kass, owner of InCharacter Costumes in Nanaimo, said she has heard a lot of shoppers describing the same scenario, as many appear to be taking the B.C. Centre for Disease Control’s  Halloween recommendations to heart as the coronavirus pandemic continues and case numbers climb.

“A lot of people are already planning to just do something in their bubbles,” said Kass.

B.C.’s provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnnie Henry, has repeatedly said that Halloween is not cancelled this year, instead urging people to skip parties, stick to smaller groups closer to home, allow for physical distancing.

Furthermore, nightclubs aren’t allowed to operate in B.C. and bars forced to close earlier than normal this year, Halloween will look different.

Kass said the recommendation to avoid parties, will hurt business some, but called it “relative,” since a month ago she wasn’t sure they’d even open the shop.

“I’m just hopeful that the busiest month isn’t going to be really bad,” said Kass.

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