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Halloween "as usual" is not a good idea


October 30, 2020

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The County Seat Theater Company in Cloquet is getting creative this Halloween season with a drive-thru haunt and drive-in theater performance. The last two shows were Thursday and tonight with a few spots remaining. It's all part of a Halloween season that has taken a turn from usual years due to the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Alternatives to large gatherings and even the traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating are recommended.

With a full moon and above-freezing temperatures predicted for Saturday, it might have been the perfect Halloween.

Except we're in the middle of a pandemic and heading into a long cold winter with Covid-19 cases on the rise.

With all that in mind, Raiter Clinic Dr. Ken Ripp said "a hard no" to trick-or-treating as normal.

While handing out candy - with a mask and gloves - is probably not a super high risk for a healthy person with no underlying conditions, Ripp said it is the folks out trick-or-treating that are his biggest worry.

"In my neighborhood, it's big random groups of kids getting...

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