It's the question many of you have been asking: "Will trick or treating be canceled this year?"

The sensible politicians will come out early telling the people of Munchkin Land that it's okay to take the kids door-to-door with common-sense cautions. If someone fears catching COVID-19, simply don't answer the door, or leave some candy outside with a note and when it's gone, it's gone!

Those of you who disagree with me, look at the current state of the economy. A 2018 study suggests that seven out of 10 Americans will celebrate Halloween by spending more than $9 billion on costumes for the kids and themselves, candy and decorations. Give me an argument to come out against this.

I'd like the doubter to explain how you'd deal with the emotional disappointment that a trick or treating ban will have on the children, who are already distressed enough by the changes at school.

And to any elected politician who may be thinking about banning anything, a quick reminder about the New York State Supreme Court judge in Miracle on 34th Street who's up for re-election. He is reminded by his campaign manager that in no uncertain terms that if he, with legal authority, declares there's no Santa, the state will suffer economically and he'll become un-electable. Just substitute Halloween for Santa, and we have a moral to the story.

Phil Paleologos is the host of The Phil Paleologos Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @PhilPaleologos. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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