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As COVID Cases Fall, Halloween Brings More Fun And Less Fear

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Max Moreno-Vishnevskiy, 3, center, rides a train during a Halloween celebration at Denver's Union Station on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021. Though the pandemic remains a concern, top health officials are largely giving outside activities like trick-or-treating the thumbs up. (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert)

(AP) — Witches and warlocks, ghosts and ghouls can breathe a little easier this Halloween: Coronavirus cases in the U.S. are generally on the decline, and trick-or-treaters can feel safer collecting candy. And while a new poll indicates Halloween participation is rebounding but still short of pre-pandemic levels, an industry trade group says people who are celebrating are driving record-level spooky spending this year.

Though the pandemic remains a concern, top health officials are largely giving outside activities like trick-or-treating the thumbs up. Experts advise people to keep sanitizer and masks handy and continue to steer clear of crowded, poorly ventilated spaces, however.

 

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