Trick-or-treaters dressed in costume and visited local neighbourhoods, on the hunt for the best goodies on Halloween night.
Children and adults alike were happy to return to their pre-pandemic Halloween traditions in a safe way this year.
Sean Dyer, a homeowner in Scotland, Ont., said he looks forward to decorating his home every year with his kids and was excited to welcome visitors of all ages back to experience it on All Hallow’s Eve.
“It is absolutely amazing to have people back out celebrating Halloween in a somewhat normal fashion,” Dyer said. “I just love to see the amazement, wonder and imagination in people’s eyes as they check out every aspect of our display.”
The Dyer family’s home is a must-visit for children trick-or-treating in Scotland. Their decorations consume every inch of their corner property with a 12-foot-tall skeleton as the centrepiece. If the decorations weren’t enough to lure visitors, the smell of the fresh popcorn machine was sure to draw people in from blocks away.
While not everyone chose to decorate their homes quite as extreme, many were stationed at their front doors in costume to greet each character that knocked.
Social distancing was easily kept between groups of trick-or-treaters on sidewalks and some candy distributors elected to wear masks and use tongs.
Small communities like Scotland did celebrate the holiday last year, however it was scaled back due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This year, many adults could be heard discussing how nice it was to see the community really embracing the day this year and how it “almost felt normal.”