Are you going to make your kid wear a mask while trick or treating this year? Some of the concerned experts think it might be a good idea. It's up to you. I think it would be a fairly dopey thing to do, but that's just my opinion.

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Last year we allowed politicians, the media, and a bunch of hokum to deprive our children of a normal life. We closed their schools, the parks, restricted Halloween, and placed plexiglass between them and the mall Santa Claus. Nothing like a good dose of fear to keep the kiddos in line.

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Things are just getting somewhat back to normal so, what say we let kids be kids and have some fun? You know, be chill and stuff?

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Some Massachusetts communities forbade children from trick or treating last year because of the pandemic. What a dumb idea. How better to keep kids healthy than to let them walk around outside in the cool, fresh air? While no communities have outlawed trick or treating this year, some have issued "recommendations" for doing so safely.

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Masslive.com reports, "These recommendations include hand sanitizer, don't trick or treat in large crowds, and to stay home if you're feeling sick." Dr. Brian Cruz, regional medical director for PhysicianOne Urgent Care in Massachusetts, told Masslive.com parents need to "weigh the risk" of their children trick or treating.

The risk? It seems to be the greatest risk might be whether a child will barf after a basket load of KitKat bars than contracting COVID – but again, that's just my opinion.

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Do what you wish, but I think the kids have suffered enough already. Let them loose to terrorize the neighborhood on Halloween night. We owe them one.

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at barry@wbsm.com and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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