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Families make decision to trick or treat or stay home this Halloween

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - Halloween is coming up and families are faced with a difficult decision about whether or not to take their children trick-or-treating or to stay home.  

"When the numbers went up, it made me a lot more nervous,” said Abby Hissong, the mother of two girls. “We just decided to play it safe.” 

She says it was a difficult decision for her family but instead they are going to have a Halloween arts and crafts night. 

"In the end we decided it’s better to be safe than sorry, and the kids will still have fun either way,” Hissong said. "We knew that we still wanted to do something fun, but still be able to stay socially distanced and safe.” 

Ashley Simmons is also a mother in Fort Wayne, she says she is planning to take her two girls trick-or-treating Saturday, 

"Trick-or-treating, kids are going to have masks on anyways,” Simmons said. “I don’t have too many worries about it, the virus isn’t going to ruin Halloween for us.” 

Simmons says her daughters come in contact with more people each day at school than they will during trick-or-treating.  

"Kids have masks on, we’re going to have masks on, I'm assuming the people handing it out will have masks on.” Simmons said. "This is something they do as a tradition every year, let's not ruin it for the kids.” 

The official Fort Wayne trick-or-treating time is Saturday October 31st from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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