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Tallahassee Residents Weigh Risks Of Celebrating Halloween During A Pandemic

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The coronavirus pandemic is making Halloween a little scarier than usual. While some say they’re not afraid, others say the holiday’s traditional large gatherings and neighborhood trick-or-treating feel a little too risky this year

Tallahassee mom, Alexis Hamilton, is celebrating Halloween at home this year with her child by “dressing up and watching movies, and making fun snacks.”

But not everyone is staying home this year. FAMU student Kathlynn Foster says she’s thinking about going out with friends, but she does have some reservations.

“I am still debating if I want to go to this Halloween party with a mask on the whole time,” Foster says. “Will the mask even work if I'm around a bunch of people?”

Experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say anyone celebrating in public should keep their mask on their face at all times. And the agency cautions against relying solely on costume masks for protection.

Besides masks, the CDC also recommends proper social distancing, hand washing and using hand sanitizer or finding activities to do at home—like carving pumpkins. The agency says it's best to limit any group activities to out-door spaces.

I am Adriana Alexander, a broadcast journalism senior at Florida A&M University (FAMU). I currently write stories for the FAMU campus newspaper, The FAMUAN and produce content for FAMU’s radio station, 90.5. As a former anchor of the News 20 at 5 FAMU newscast, I also edited video packages and worked as an associate producer. I own AEA Visuals, a media company focused on producing quality photography, videography, and graphic design. Multimedia journalism is my passion and is what I will continue to do throughout my career.