For many Texas kids, trick-or-treating is canceled because of the pandemic. These parents have other plans.

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Families across Texas are preparing for Halloween festivities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some families are forming “pods” with other neighboring families to mitigate social isolation as a result of the pandemic. Credit: Amna Ijaz/The Texas Tribune

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Ada Davis, a 4-year-old from Austin, is either dressing up as Belle or Batman for Halloween. Or maybe a combination of both, said her mother, Jenn Deering Davis.

But Ada’s Halloween celebrations will look different this year, as public health experts warn against trick-or-treating, indoor costume parties and other holiday traditions they say are high-risk for spreading the coronavirus.