While nobody knows exactly how normal Halloween will be this year amidst COVID-19 restrictions, one thing is certain: people will buy or make costumes and dress up to celebrate.
How many of this year's costumes will be COVID-inspired remains to be seen - with so many people wearing masks already, will some people incorporate that into their costumes?
For traditional costumes and home decor, the Spirit Halloween store is once again preparing to open in Great Falls. This year, it is being set up in the building that used to be Shopko along the Northwest Bypass.
Signs went up this week, and the website says the store will open on Thursday, September 24 - which is a few weeks later than usual.
In years past, Spirit has leased space along 10th Avenue South, and before that, in the plaza adjoining the Albertsons grocery store on the northwest side of town.
This year, Halloween falls on Saturday.
There is no word yet on what Halloween-themed activities (haunted houses, group events, downtown/mall trick-or-treating) are planned or will be altered and/or canceled this year; we will update you if we get details on any events.