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Halloween During COVID-19

Halloween one of the best times for kids and adults alike to kick back and have some fun. Whether it be costume parties or trick-or-treating, Halloween can be fun for everyone! Unfortunately, with the risk of COVID, Halloween has to be a little different this year. Most activities that would normally be acceptable now pose a great risk to people’s health. Because of this, the CDC has announced some guidelines to help keep ghouls and goblins alike safe during this frightening holiday!

Low-risk Activities for Halloween

Just because we now must think of ways to live around COVID, doesn’t mean every aspect of the holiday has to change. There are plenty of low-risk activities you and your family can engage in! Things like movie night or pumpkin carving are great ways to keep the fun of the holiday alive! Below are some suggestions the CDC suggests.

>Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household and displaying them.
>Carving or decorating pumpkins outside, at a safe distance, with neighbors or friends.
>Decorating your house, apartment, or living space.
>Doing a Halloween scavenger hunt where children are given lists of Halloween-themed things to look for while they walk outdoors from house to house admiring Halloween decorations at a distance.
>Having a virtual Halloween costume contest.
>Having a Halloween movie night with the people you live with.
>Having a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your household members in or around your home rather than going house to house.

Of course, those aren’t the only things you can do. There are some other traditional holiday activities that can be adapted to make them a little safer. The CDC also released a list of activities that have a moderate level of risk and some suggestions that can help limit the chance of spread when participating in these traditions.
Participating in one-way trick-or-treating were individually wrapped goodie bags are lined up for families to grab and go while continuing to social distance (such as at the end of a driveway or at the edge of a yard)

If you are preparing goodie bags, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after preparing the bags.

>Having a small group, outdoor, open-air costume parade where people are distanced more than 6 feet apart
Attending a costume party held outdoors where protective masks are used and people can remain more than 6 feet apart.

>A costume mask (such as for Halloween) is not a substitute for a cloth mask. A costume mask should not be used unless it is made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers the mouth and nose and doesn’t leave gaps around the face.

>Do not wear a costume mask over a protective cloth mask because it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe. Instead, consider using a Halloween-themed cloth mask.

>Going to an open-air, one-way, walk-through haunted forest where appropriate mask use is enforced, and people can remain more than 6 feet apart.

>If screaming will likely occur, greater distancing is advised. The greater the distance, the lower the risk of spreading a respiratory virus.

>Visiting pumpkin patches or orchards where people use hand sanitizer before touching pumpkins or picking apples, wearing masks is encouraged or enforced, and people are able to maintain social distancing.
>Having an outdoor Halloween movie night with local family friends with people spaced at least 6 feet apart.

>If screaming will likely occur, greater distancing is advised. The greater the distance, the lower the risk of spreading a respiratory virus.
Activities to avoid

High Risk Activities to Avoid

Some activities simply are not compatible with the restrictions we must place on ourselves to ensure the safety of everyone. The CDC recommends you do not participate in the following activities due to their high-risk factor.

>Participating in traditional trick-or-treating where treats are handed to children who go door to door
>Having trunk-or-treat where treats are handed out from trunks of cars lined up in large parking lots
>Attending crowded costume parties held indoors
>Going to an indoor haunted house where people may be crowded together and screaming
>Going on hayrides or tractor rides with people who are not in your household
>Using alcohol or drugs, which can cloud judgment and increase risky behaviors
>Traveling to a rural fall festival that is not in your community if you live in an area with community spread of COVID-19

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