By Arielle Goldman
Halloween in Armonk was once filled with the giggles of little kids racing through the neighborhoods yelling, “Trick or Treat” while grabbing candy from the various bowls set out by residents. Teenagers used to gather for costume parties, wear funky makeup, and embrace the opportunity to be whomever they desired. This year’s Halloween, however, was undoubtedly more trick than treat. In the midst of the pandemic and as many students were quarantined after the minor breakouts across the district, Halloween plans were altered, and students looked for new ways to indulge in the holiday spirit.
Many high school students bought extravagant costumes that they were excited to wear and show off on social media. Therefore, even though most students were quarantined, many continued to get dressed in spooky outfits, apply sparkling makeup, throw on eclectic accessories, and take pictures of themselves in fun poses. Hallie Gordon, a junior, claimed, “While Halloween was definitely not as exciting as I would have liked, I facetimed my friends and dressed up.” Like the rest of the world during this time, many events are going virtual, and people are forced to be flexible and maintain an open mindset. While being with friends in person may have been ideal, it was completely satisfactory for some to talk on facetime and have virtual photoshoots. Chloe Fang was also quarantining because of COVID-19 concerns, and she exclaimed, “I had a great time helping my parents to give out candy to the trick or treaters! In the past, I was not typically home when the kids came by, and it was so inspiring to see their smiling faces during this time.” In this way, while Halloween and Halloweekend were not full of parties and fun times, many students had a chance to take part in an element of Halloween tradition that they did not consider in the past, like handing out candy. Another junior, Sammy Glusky, stated, “With the newfound free time, I was able to spend lots of time with my family, and we partook in Halloween activities I always wanted to do but never gave the time. For example, we all sat down together and watched a horror movie.” Junior Ross Eagle was also able to enjoy spending time with his family while relaxing and cooking, which was “quite the transition from [his] traditionally hectic trick-or-treating schedule.” Many traditions once forgotten by teenagers were reembraced this Halloween season, which was unexpected yet also super fun!
Many young children additionally had a modified (yet adorable!) Halloween experience. Mrs. Salvato (a BHHS English teacher) and her eighteen-month-old daughter, Avery, had a fantastic time celebrating Halloween. Mrs. Salvato stated, “This Halloween, we put Avery in costume and visited family to ‘trick or treat.’ Since she is so young, Avery doesn’t really understand what Halloween is. However, we tried to make it fun and cozy! Fortunately it was a nice afternoon and fell on a Saturday, so Avery was able to see her family outside and show off her bumble bee costume.” Therefore, even little kids continued to be able to dress up in cute, comfy costumes and have a Halloween experience that was the best it could be.
Halloween, despite the difficult times, continued to be an exciting holiday filled with sweets, smiles, and traditions we’re accustomed to. It serves as another reminder that most plans can be altered for safety to turn out similarly or even as well as they may have been prior to the pandemic.