Don't expect many trick-or-treaters this Halloween, survey finds

Thanks to COVID-19, most ghosts, ghouls, and goblins will be celebrating Halloween at home this year.
Halloween amid COVID

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Research suggests there will be a big drop in trick-or-treating this Halloween, as many people will be following COVID-19 recommendations.

The National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago surveyed a little over 1,000 people across the country, and found that just 12-percent of households plan on trick-or-treating, down from 24-percent last year.

And of those who do plan to go out and seek candy may not be very successful, as only 25-percent of families plan to hand out candy this year, down from 38-percent last year.

Additionally, since the COVID-19 pandemic has led to many schools switching to remote learning this year, 36-percent of parents of school-age children said their child will not have a school-based Halloween party.

“Halloween has long been the highlight of the school year for children and it is a way that schools engage and build ties with parents,” Jennifer Hamilton, NORC’s vice president of education and child development, said in a press release. “The loss of a costume parade or a classroom party with spooky snacks is one more sign of the sad reality that 2020 has brought. Missing out on Halloween festivities is a reminder of the role that schools play in our kids’ rituals and traditions and the disruption that COVID-19 continues to have in the United States.”