Parents don’t have to cancel Halloween with these creative ideas

Trick-or-treating might look different during the pandemic, but kids can still have scary-good fun.

Last year, Louisville mom Melody Raidy took her children to a pumpkin patch, Halloween at the zoo, trick-or-treating at a botanical garden, a haunted house, and even baked and built a haunted cookie house.

This year, she’s not sure they’ll even trick-or-treat.

According to the National Retail Federation, Americans shelled out about $8.8 billion last year on Halloween items like costumes, candy, and decorations. Halloween 2020 was projected to be even bigger, thanks to a full moon, a Saturday holiday, and daylight saving time kicking in at midnight.

But the pandemic has changed all that. Recently the CDC came out with Halloween guidelines recommending against traditional trick-or-treating. And communities across the country have announced their own scary solutions: Los Angeles County

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