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Every year, kids across the country get excited about dressing up and raiding the neighbors in a candy quest at Halloween. It was always one of my favorite holidays, and as I get older, I seem to to enjoy it just as much, as I become "Candy-Hander-Outer-Guy" and watch reruns of old movies and The Simpsons' "Treehouse Of Horror" episodes.

This year is going to be a little different.

Obviously, with the 'Rona, parents are concerned for the safety of their kids. However, some cities are trying to take the parents out of the loop and decide for them by BANNING trick-or-treating this year.

In fact, the City of Los Angeles in the People's Republic of California determined this week that trick-or-treating would not be allowed. They quickly backpedaled, however, when they realized that it probably couldn't be enforced (and might be unconstitutional). So, they are now STRONGLY SUGGESTING that Halloween be canceled this year.

Honestly, you can't really 'cancel' Halloween. People will still dress up and decorate their houses with fake spiders and spooky ghouls in their yard. But because of the fear of COVID-19, the question remains: is it a good idea to send your kids out this year to get Halloween candy? Should Lubbock consider some type of restrictions on trick-or-treating?

Admittedly, the stores have their aisles of candy ready for sale in giant 1,500-piece bags. The desire for normalcy is there.

Personally, I don't expect many kids at our house this year. If my kids and wife want to participate, that's fine. But, as usual, we will make it a point to buy only candy that we personally like, because there will always be leftovers. After all, more for me.

But an all-out ban on Halloween? I have my doubts.

Although I am planning on telling the kids that Santa Claus was quarantined for 14 days so that I have more time for Christmas shopping this year.