A COVID-19 Halloween: How Fayette County parents changed the way they did trick-or-treating this year

Posted at 11:12 PM, Oct 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-31 23:15:00-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Despite Fayette County being in the "red zone," many kids still got to trick-or-treat this year. The county allowed trick-or-treating to take place from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Halloween night.

Things were very different, though. People wore masks, and instead of reaching into a bag for candy, some laid it out on tables or launched it through PVC pipes.

"I know it's not going to be the same turnout. I usually give out about 50 pounds of candy, so we will see how much of it I will have to eat on my own. Hopefully not a whole lot," says Charles Deep, who made a device to give kids candy safely.

All the precautions are an effort to give kids a little sense of normalcy during this trying time. Parents of trick-or-treaters like Leigh Stephens says the extra effort didn't go unnoticed.

"It's been a very rough year for all of us," Stephens said. "My husband had COVID-19, we've been quarantined, we've been through all of it. I understand those who are staying home, but I also understand those that needed a bright spot this week."

Kids weren't the only ones excited to be out, though; adults seemed to have just as much fun passing out the candy. "It's so exciting to make them smile. I've been really happy to give them whatever I can," said Hannah Brown.