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Keeping Halloween safe and fun in Southwest Florida

Reporter: Taylor Petras Writer: Jackie Winchester
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The pandemic is changing how we celebrate Halloween in Southwest Florida.

Some people have found unique ways to get candy to kids, while others are handing out more than a sweet treat.

Stefanie Underwood is doing her best to keep the Halloween tradition alive and her Harlem Heights neighborhood safe. She and her neighbors plan to hand out masks and hand sanitizer – along with candy.

“It’s going to be offered to every single person that’s out there. We have more than enough masks. We are encouraging everybody to wear masks,” she said.

And those big Halloween events we see every year? Places like Gator Mike’s are sanitizing, checking temperatures and doing virtual lines.

Dr. Alejandro Perez-Trepichio with Millennium Physician Group said CDC guidelines need to stay on top of mind this weekend.

Not gathering in large groups, that’s very, very important. Certainly, they should be wearing masks, because now the proximity is going to be difficult to maintain in certain circumstances,” he said.

“But I think if we take the necessary precautions – we wear our masks, we do the hand sanitizer and we social distance as much as possible – I think it’s going to be safe.”

For a list of Halloween events in Southwest Florida, click here.

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