COVID-19: Is Trick or Treat Canceled?

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted our lives in many ways. What should you expect this Halloween?

While traditional trick-or-treating may look a lot different or not be an option this year, you can still have plenty of fun!

Halloween Activities & COVID-19

Here are several activities categorized by the CDC transmission risk categories for events:

Low risk: Carving pumpkins and displaying decorations, virtual gatherings such as online costume contests, scavenger hunts, baking your favorite treats, watching a spooky movie at home.

Moderate risk: Small outdoor gatherings with social distancing and face masks. Trick-or-treating where goodie bags are lined up outdoors is lower risk than traditional door-to-door or trunk-or-treating. Visiting pumpkin patches, orchards, or outdoor mazes where you can remain physically distant from others.

Higher risk: Trick-or-treating at doorsteps or trunk-or-treat events, indoor costume parties, indoor haunted houses, hayrides/tractor rides with people who do not reside in your household.

The number of people attending an event, the number of vulnerable guests in attendance, the size of the event location, COVID-19 community spread, and new cases in the area should all be considered when determining risk.

Limiting Risk

If you do decide to trick-or-treat in your neighborhood, keep your group limited to your household and/or your pandemic “bubble” to reduce the risk of spread. Keep your hands sanitized, avoid touching your face, and wear your mask. Note that if a costume includes a mask that doesn’t provide two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers your mouth and nose without leaving gaps around your face, you should consider skipping it in favor of a regular cloth mask. Don’t layer a costume mask over a protective cloth mask because it can make it difficult to breath.

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