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Canadians divided over whether to let pandemic disrupt Halloween, holidays: Poll

Last Updated Oct 6, 2020 at 6:07 am MDT

A trick-or-treater. Photo by West Coast Surfer/Mood Board/Rex Features.

OTTAWA — A new poll suggests Canadians are divided about whether to let the COVID-19 pandemic disrupt their plans for upcoming holidays and seasonal events.

Respondents who let their children go door-to-door for Halloween last year were closely divided on whether to let them go trick-or-treating again this year, with 52 per cent saying they won’t and 48 per cent saying they will.

The poll by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies suggests those who do go trick-or-treating will find slimmer pickings, with 49 per cent of respondents saying they won’t open their doors this year to hand out candy.

The poll also suggests Canadians are divided about celebrating Thanksgiving this coming weekend, with 40 per cent of respondents saying the pandemic is causing them to change their plans and an equal percentage saying it is not.

As for the Christmas holiday season, 49 per cent said they’ll change their plans, 44 per cent said they won’t.

The online poll of 1,523 adult Canadians was conducted Oct. 2 to 4; it cannot be assigned a margin of error because internet-based polls are not considered random samples.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 6, 2020.

The Canadian Press