By the time you’re prioritizing “rigorous” anything, you’re generally not talking about a super-fun event. If I were to venture a guess, I’d bet that the CDC will recommend that this year, kids celebrate on Zoom with all the joy their parents have experienced in staff meetings these past six months.
Maybe the agency could recommend some new games, like, “Who can suck their mask in the farthest?” Or “Green scream!” where kids compete to see who can create the scariest green screen background (or who can wear enough green paint to blend in except for their eyes and mouth—kind of a cool idea). “Pin the tracer on the virus-infected contact” is another game the scientists might recommend, but apparently this is too hard even for grownups to play.
Halloween was actually ripe for some re-imagining. In recent years it has morphed from the traditional kids-have-the-run-of-the-neighborhood night into an orgy of infantilization, whereby adults walk or even drive their kids house to house, stunting any kind of independence and bravery that might have taken root on this one thrilling night.
This year, they have the perfect excuse to stay home, lock the doors and simply load the kids up with candy (or in some households, fresh broccoli florets and kombucha). Boo. Hoo.