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Londoners gearing up for COVID-safe Halloween with trick-or-treating, Squid Game costumes a go

A halloween pumpkin wears a mask in Kingston, Ontario on Saturday, October 31, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues across Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Lars Hagberg. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Lars Hagberg

After a year of cancellations, ghosts and ghouls, witches and superheroes alike will be hitting the streets of London Ont., this Sunday night.

As little critters go on their candy quest there are a few things health officials want people to keep in mind this Halloween.

To ensure people have a COVID-safe Hallows’ Eve, the Middlesex London Health Unit is recommending people stay outdoors as much as possible while celebrating.

Associate medical officer of health, Dr. Alex Summers urges people who are not feeling well to stay home and not hand out candy.

“Make sure masks are worn and avoid crowding and don’t shout too much if you’re in a crowd,” Summers said of those who do go out.

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London Mayor Ed Holder also had some recommendations for people looking to celebrate Halloween this year, reminding drivers to be on the lookout for trick-or-treaters but also to have fun.

“We are in a much better place than we were last year and that is something we should absolutely recognize and celebrate,” Holder said.

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Rose McCulloch from McCulloch’s Costumes said while a lot of celebrations last year were cancelled, this year things are picking up.

“Every day we are getting busier and busier,” she said.

McCulloch said they are seeing a mix of families wanting to dress alike and college students wanting the newest thing.

The store usually orders most costumes months in advance but, McCulloch said they were caught off guard with the popularity of Squid Game premiering only a few weeks ago.

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“In March there was no such thing as Squid Game, no one had even heard of it so I scrambled and I have a shipment of masks coming in later today,” McCulloch said.

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