Is Halloween Back For Toronto Homeowners?

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It can be tricky to find treats in Toronto this Halloween.


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After Halloween was canceled last year due to concerns about COVID-19 transmission, this year it returns with some warnings for trick-or-treating: wear a mask, don’t yell or chant “trick or treat,” keep brief interactions in each home and use hand sanitizer frequently.

But what about homeowners? Will they put up Halloween decorations and hand out candy?

It depends on each individual house and even the neighborhood in which you live.

“I’m planning to decorate the house and hope the kids will come,” said publicist Victoria Lord, who lives in a Davisville-area home with her 12-year-old daughter Maggie.

“We definitely decorate pumpkins. And we have ghosts, cobwebs and I have some old witch hats. I’ll wear a mask and just hand out candy using a big spoon or something. I’m not going to touch the candy. I feel eager and excited. “


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Meanwhile, across town on Collier St., where Yorkville and Rosedale meet, the tentative plan on the road that ends in a dead end is to postpone Halloween for two weeks after a COVID-19 outbreak in four. of the 22 children. who live in various houses there.

“It looks like there is an outbreak here on the street or there is an outbreak at the Rosedale school,” said Ashleigh Uiska, a resident of the area. “In fact, the children are all in the same class. It’s hard to know where everything comes from. So Halloween is going to happen in two weeks. “

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Uiska, a mother of three, ages six, eight and 10, said houses are already decorated with Halloween decorations ahead of the holiday, so her children are upset about the delay.

“Oh, they are so disappointed, especially the youngest,” he said. “They usually have a spiritual week. So there are a lot of costumes, Tuesday Twins Day. So there is a lot of showmanship and costumes that come along with Halloween. When they miss that, if you can remember when you were a kid, Halloween is right up there with Christmas. It’s very important.”


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“It’s annoying to miss out on sweets and stuff,” he added.

Uiska said that to deter children from visiting other neighborhoods, houses on the street will decide to turn off all the lights on Halloween or there will be some kind of signage at the entrance to Collier St. saying there has been an outbreak, so Halloween will be delay. .

A study by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies found that only 56% of Canadians would open their doors on Halloween night.

Lord, however, is more comfortable this year with double shots in place.

“This year I definitely feel a little bit safer because we are vaccinated, so we are protected,” she said.

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