Corina Griffin did not accept treats for her children last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
This year she is.
“We’re all on our way,” said Griffin, who lives in Norco.
Daughter Lana, 8, and son Wyland, 2, will become vampires. Daughter Savannah, 12, plays Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas. And their 24-year-old sister Miranda Tartaglio said she plans to dress up as a creepy Chucky doll.
Griffin said it was time to get back.
“Kids need a little sense of normalcy,” she said.
Inland Empire stores, which sell costumes for the creepy holiday, are doing well. For example, there were queues at the Phantom Halloween store in San Bernardino this week. As Halloween approaches, hinterland parents prepare to accompany the kids on their sweet pursuits.
In 2020, public health officials disapproved of a ploy or a treat as a chilling holiday spike will begin in the Hinterland, which is still considered the deadliest period of the COVID-19 pandemic for the region. But this year, things are different. Leading national infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci urged children to go out and enjoy Halloween. Regional health officials also suggest it is time for the children to resume meals.
“I really think we can all have a safe and spooky Halloween,” said Dr. Troy Pennington, emergency room physician and emergency room physician at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton.
It helps, Riverside County public health spokesman Jose Arballo Jr said, that coronavirus cases and hospitalizations have dropped since a summer spike caused by a contagious delta strain of the virus.
“We encourage young stunt and stunt enthusiasts to go out and have fun and be safe,” said Arballo.
In Riverside County, the number of people hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, was 213 on Tuesday, October 26, up from a seasonal peak of 675 on September 1, according to government statistics. There were 287 hospitalizations in San Bernardino County that day, up from 580 on 17 August. However, overall numbers remain well above the pandemic lows seen in June, when California fully recovered its economy.
649 people were being treated for the virus at Los Angeles County hospitals on Tuesday after nearly 1,800 hospitalizations in mid-August, according to government data.
“It’s a really simple task,” said Andrew Neumer, assistant professor and epidemiologist at the University of California, Irvine. “Children at school. They communicate with each other every day. Why don’t they go for a treat? There is no compelling reason to keep them at home. “
However, experts recommend that trick enthusiasts take precautions.
“I’m sure a lot of kids don’t want to hear it, and maybe a lot of parents don’t want to hear it,” Neumer said before proposing to everyone from children in suits to parents and passing neighbors. from sweets – put on a mask.
“I don’t mean Halloween mask,” he said.
Neumer said he was referring to a cloth mask designed to prevent the spread of the virus. He advises children who wear costume masks to add a cloth covering to their face.
Even though the food is mostly outdoors, Neumer said children in many cases walk right up to the doors of houses and come face to face with those who drop wrapped candy into bags.
“This is an almost closed situation,” Neumer said.
Pennington, a San Bernardino County physician, said children should practice social distancing whenever they can and cheat or heal in small groups.
“Avoid grabbing the bowl,” he added.
Avoid, too, said Arballo of Riverside County, “large indoor gatherings.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health does not recommend celebrating a holiday in enclosed spaces with poor air circulation, crowded places, or “close contact” conditions where people talk, laugh, scream, or breathe heavily in the vicinity.
Not everyone is ready to go back.
Murrieta resident Jasmine August, who works as a nurse in San Diego County and has seen firsthand the consequences of the delta surge, will not try to persuade her two high school students.
“People can do what they do,” August said. “I don’t judge them for this. This is just our personal decision. “
According to her, people are tired of the pandemic and want to return to normal life. She too.
However, she said, “You still see masked people. You still see hand sanitizer all over the place. Everything does not return to normal. “
Some families go back to Halloween
Chino residents Ariel and Anthony Lopez are planning to treat their children – two-year-old Ezekiel and newborn Kairos.
“We’re just going to go to a few houses and take some hand sanitizer with us,” Ariel Lopez said. “I’ll go with Ezekiel all the way to the door, and I can ask him to wear a mask with his Super Mario costume – maybe draw a mustache on it so he can’t take it off.”
Six-month-old Kairos, dressed as Luigi, will be attached to his mom.
“We’ll go to a few houses and maybe have a mini piñata Halloween party,” Lopez said. “Nothing too big like it used to be.”
Many families, like the Griffins of Norco, are poised for great success.
The Griffin family also intends to play it safe.
“We will all wear masks and carry on as best we can,” said Tartaglio, the eldest daughter. Corina Griffin said that all family members eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine are vaccinated.
Corina Griffin plans to treat the children with a treat or treat, but halfway disconnects from her husband, Chris. They intend to pull a cart for the two younger ones.
“They always get tired,” she said. “Little feet can’t go that far.”
Those at home will sit in the driveway – just behind the horse trail that runs along the street in front of their house – and hand out some of the 200 bags of candy the family collects for stunt enthusiasts, Griffin said.
In the front yard, they will set up a portable movie screen 12 feet high and 18 feet wide to show the classic 1978 slasher movie “Halloween.”
“We always have a Halloween movie at home,” Griffin said. “So we said, ‘Why don’t we put a movie here? “”
Halloween is Corina Griffin’s favorite holiday.
“I think it’s because I’m a Scorpio – I think it comes with territory,” she said.
Eight-year-old daughter Lana said she also loves Halloween, “because you can be whoever you want.”
“It was an abandoned holiday last year,” Griffin said. “That was not all that could have been.”
This year, she said, it will be so.
Staff writer Allison Escobar contributed to this report.