Winnipeg Halloween-enthusiasts ready to provide COVID-careful trick or treating – Winnipeg

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Many Halloween enthusiasts are looking to provide a safe and fun trick or treating experience this year after the second wave of COVID-19 curbed many festivities last year.

Each year for the past decade, Michael Geiger-Wolf has been setting up an elaborate Halloween display in his front yard.

“It was kind of a fun little hobby — playing around with computers, you started building some props and just kind of took off. After I built my own coffin, it just kind of went nuts after that,” Geiger-Wolf said.

“(The kids) absolutely love it. There are kids that go by every day to see what we’ve done and what’s been set up. There’s a couple kids that are bugging me to finish setting up because they want to see it during the daytime so that they’re brave enough to come up it at night.”

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Geiger-Wolf says the theme of his display this year is a “zombie field hospital” and it’s set up to be COVID-safe.

“Because we’re doing the field hospital, if we really want to we can wear some gloves and make sure it’s safe that way as well, and we’ll be wearing masks.”

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Craig Hughes plans to be out trick or treating with his kids, but is making sure he’s leaving a COVID-19 safe option for trick or treaters coming to his home.

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“My wife, since the pandemic, pre-packages a bunch of candies and she’ll just leave them on the doorstep,” Hughes said. “So they just need to grab one thing rather than jumbling through a bunch of candies.”

The province is also urging Manitobans to take COVID-19 precautions this Halloween, including wearing a mask, going out in a small group and physical distancing, washing and sanitizing hands regularly, and staying outside or avoiding going into houses or attractions.

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