For many of us, Halloween will be different this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises skipping traditional trick-or-treating in neighborhoods and other festivities with crowds — which are high-risk for spreading the virus. Other lower-risk alternatives are recommended instead.
Below are the CDC’s recommendations to safely enjoy the holiday, along with a list of activities to avoid. The CDC also advises that if you may have COVID-19 or you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should not participate in in-person Halloween festivities and should not give out candy to trick-or-treaters.
CELEBRATE WITH LOWER-RISK ACTIVITIES
- Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household
- 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 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
AVOID THESE HIGH-RISK ACTIVITIES
- 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 indoor costume parties
- 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 judgement and increase risky behaviors
- Traveling to a fall festival that is not in your community if you live in an area with community spread of COVID-19
For more information, including a list of moderate-risk Halloween activities and ways to mitigate spreading the virus, visit the CDC website. Download the free Red Cross First Aid app for instant access on what to do for a variety of emergency situations.