It’s certainly a different world these days for all of us during the virus. But I would imagine that for children, it’s especially upside down and chaotic. Will they be in school, or will school be at home? Why can’t they go play with their friends? And why are we wearing masks?
With many adults questioning the effectiveness of wearing masks, some of them with angry voices, children must have even more questions, especially if they themselves are old enough to wear one. Our county just put a mask mandate in effect beginning the end of last week. Obviously kids are used to wearing masks of all kinds on Halloween and seeing a large variety of them. Some even play with them when they play super heroes. My grandsons, for example, have Captain America costumes with masks and used to dress up a lot. I thought I could use this as a way to normalize as much as possible the wearing of masks to protect us from the virus.
I gathered together different kinds of masks to illustrate the fun side of masks, and then moved to a couple that I wear in the days of COVID-19. I worry that this might all be a tad overwhelming for little ones, and my goal was to show that masks, especially the ones they see today on adults all around them, are not scary. The poem I wrote for this episode gets into that and expresses the hope that by Halloween, they’ll be wearing fun masks as they ring doorbells and trick-or-treat. I truly hope that their world—and everyone else’s—will be back to normal by then.