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Despite pandemic limits, Halloween candy sales going strong in Malheur County

Halloween decorations are evident along business fronts in downtown Nyssa. (The Enterprise/Les Zaitz)

Families in Malheur County on this Halloween will have to contend not only with seasonal spooks but with the very real danger presented by Covid as they decide how to celebrate the holiday.

Trick-or-treating and trunk-or-treating have both been designated “high-risk” activities by the Malheur County Health Department, the Oregon Health Authority and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Despite this, local grocery store managers say sales of candy are holding strong. 

“Sales are growing. We have less customers every day, but the customers buy more every visit,” said Dale Gonzalez, owner of the Grocery Outlet in Ontario. “I would say candy sales are about right where they were last year.”

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