Stop Partying, People!


Picture this: you are sweating, wheezing, and screaming, “Achoo!” every minute. You wonder, “Gosh, I really shouldn’t have gone to that party last weekend.” To some readers, this situation sounds familiar.

During the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, many people decided to celebrate the spooky time of the year by throwing or attending a Halloween party. There were 30,000 new cases a few days after Halloween. Coronavirus has been spreading rapidly as businesses and schools reopen while many people let down their guard with social distancing.

A couple of weeks ago, teens, adults, and celebrities threw huge Halloween parties with their friends and family. While usually, the excessive partying wouldn’t pose a problem, Covid-19 still lurks everywhere. The Kardashians, various tik tokers, other celebrities, and even high school students, hosted large parties over “Halloweekend.” Some celebrity hosts claimed that “everyone tested negative.” Yet for celebrities, hosting over 300 people at a party and claiming their guests tested negative sets a bad example for younger viewers—especially when some of those guests could have false-negatives.

The Halloween parties of 2020 caused major drama throughout the internet. Three months ago, Tana Mongeau, a popular internet personality, was caught partying during the pandemic. After receiving backlash, she posted an Instagram story shouting, “we don’t care! sorry!” at a huge party (not wearing a mask). She quickly apologized and said that attending parties is irresponsible. Mongeau then posted another Instagram story at a rave on Halloween night. As role models for young viewers, these celebrities are setting awful examples.

In Lower Merion, these parties have led to an increase in positive cases that will send students back into virtual learning earlier than planned.

If you crave social time with one or two friends, don’t be a part of the problem: protect yourself and those around you by social distancing and wearing a mask. Experiencing a little FOMO is much better than a Covid-19 case.