A pandemic cannot stop Halloween in New Zealand. Photo / Dean Purcell
Covid-19 has canned a trick or a cure for Auckland at Alert Level 3, but even a pandemic can’t stop Halloween from hitting the streets.
Odele Nicholas’ two school-aged children still liked to dress up on Sundays, despite the lack of candy prospects.
“Getting into the character, walking around was exciting, showing their costumes to anyone who could see him on the street,” said the Whenuapai resident.
The family kept it local and their neighborhood did not disappoint.
“Lots of scary displays, lots of ghosts and spiders, pretend blood and signs, ‘Beware of… Come in if you dare,” ”she said.
A row of five homes in their neighborhood invited the community to join in a non-contact drive through to see their Halloween exhibits, and Nicholas’ family were on their way there after dinner.
Health officials have ruled out tips or treatments for children in Auckland and parts of Waikato that are on Alert Level 3, and indoor parties are not allowed.
People may, however, meet another household outside, and up to a maximum of 10 people – for example, a backyard Halloween scavenger hunt.
Nicholas made gift baskets for his two children so that there was still some candy after all.
“They were really disappointed, with every (government) announcement they hoped to be told they could cheat or deal, but we let them know for a while.”
Was she concerned about post-Halloween sugar levels?
“I don’t mind. All in moderation,” she said.