Clinical professor optimistic Halloween weekend will be safe and fun due to rising vaccination rate

The ghouls, ghosts and goblins will be out in full force this weekend as many Halloween events are making a comeback this year.
Dr. Sofia Curdumi Pendley, a clinical assistant professor at Sacred Heart University, says she is optimistic this Halloween weekend will be nothing short of spook-tastic.
Pendley says it's OK for children to trick-or-treat in small groups, and the public will see a lot more kids out this weekend.
Many parents may still be on the fence or maybe just a little anxious about taking their kids trick-or-treating this year, but Pendley says COVID transmission outdoors is very low.
"Coupled with the decline in cases in the state and a really robust vaccination rate in the state -- these are all things that make me feel comfortable to go trick-or-treating with my own family," she says.
Pendley still recommends wearing a mask for those who plan on attending large Halloween events outdoors where people are bumping up against each other - such as a parade setting.
"It's going to be fun, still kind of has the magic of the season, despite all of the challenges that we've had," she says.