It’s OK to Be Sad About Halloween

COVID-19 has caused a lot of bad stuff to happen this year. The latest mess is the cancelation of Halloween.* And I’m really bummed about it…

Our house is the full-sized chocolate bar house. The prior owner never handed out candy, so I worked tirelessly to build Halloween-credibility in our neighbourhood. In our first year, we only had fifteen trick-or-treaters. We were able to grow that number to over 150! Yes, we counted.

It’s not just handing out full-sized chocolate bars to the cute, dressed-up, kiddos that I’ll miss this year. I love all holidays. I love the air of festivity and the traditions that come with them. Our Halloween tradition has been having a small dinner party at home with another couple who loves Halloween as much as we do. Everyone has a job. Steve serves food and wine. Anita counts trick-or-treaters while calling out the costumes. Raj plays music on our outdoor speakers to match the costumes. And I wait by the door, at the ready, with my chocolate bars. We have the BEST time. 

Me with my wine and candy, pre-pandemic

But alas, COVID has foiled our plans. No dinner party. No trick-or-treaters. No full-sized chocolate bars.

I know I’m not the only grown-up who’s sad about Halloween. Lots of parents are experiencing sympathy-sadness for their kids who are upset that they can’t go trick-or-treating, and others have had to cancel their costume parties. I hear you – this stinks! But maybe we can make up for it next year.


Happy Halloween, everyone!



If you’re also sad about Halloween, I’d love to hear from you in the comments below or on Twitter (@nellymosstag).

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*Of course I realize that the pandemic has caused WAY worse things to happen than the cancellation of Halloween. My point is, simply, that it’s ok to mourn Halloween. 

Photo by David Menidrey on Unsplash

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