Abiding by the recommendations issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in late September, in addition to the dazzling display of lights and creepy designs, houses also feature yard signs reading, “Sorry, no treats this year.”
Caption: A yard sign reflects the effects of COVID on Halloween activities.
“You get a free pass for candy twice a year – Easter and Halloween,” said Pamela McKee, a 67-year-old nurse at the Kaiser Medical Center.
Looking through her camera album filled with photos of her granddaughters in costume––one a princess and the other, Mal from Descendants––she hopes to keep the day special for her 10 grandchildren. A day at the local cider mill with a hayride, a petting zoo, and a lot of candy is on their weekend schedule.
For Theresa Lertola, 60, a small gathering at home seems to be the way to go.
“When my husband was alive, Halloween was always a good time. It was the fun-est! But my aunt, she was truly creative. She would always drive us to the richer neighborhoods for the big candy bars. She was the person who made Halloween fun for me,” she said.
Caption: Some children dance along to the Monster Mash on a driveway in Grosse Pointe Farms.
As people look back to their childhood to safely recreate some of that Halloween joy, others delve into their annual traditions.
On Tillson Street in Romeo, at least 15 houses continue their yearly tradition of going all out and decking their homes in numerous Halloween props. Usually, with over 20,000 visitors and almost 2,500 trick or treaters, Tillson Street and Halloween are inexplicably tied.
Choosing to put up their props and lights amidst the pandemic, they hope it brings a smile to those who visit.