Celebrations / Holiday Safety

Learn how to celebrate Halloween safely. The guidance below will help you and your family make decisions to stay safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Everyone

Always practice preventive actions!

  • Avoid indoor and outdoor gatherings. If you choose to host a gathering, follow Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) guidelines.
  • Wear a mask/cloth face covering when social distancing is not possible.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from those who are not your household members, especially while talking, eating, drinking, and singing.
  • Avoid confined spaces that don’t allow for social distancing.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is unavailable, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched items regularly.
  • Stay home if you are sick, experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, or were exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Homeowners

Help your neighbors celebrate safely!

  • Do not hand out candy if you are sick.
  • Use duct tape to mark 6-foot lines in front of your home and leading to driveway/front door.
  • Hand out candy in one of the following ways:
    • Leave individual bags of candy on the doorstep to limit contact with other people.
    • Distribute candy on a disinfected table positioned between you and trick-or-treaters.
    • Consider handing out candy in an open space (ex., on your driveway) where social distancing is easier.

Parents & Trick-or-Treaters

Talk to kids about why celebrations may be different this year and that you will still have fun!

  • Stay home if sick.
  • Choose a different activity:
    • Hold an online costume party or pumpkin carving contest.
    • Participate in a neighborhood parade with social distancing.
    • Participate in a decorated car parade while in costume.
    • Attend Halloween movie nights at drive-in theaters.
    • Eat a Halloween-themed meal.
    • Enjoy a Halloween-themed art installation at a museum.
    • Decorate homes and yards with Halloween themed decorations.
  • Modify trick-or-treating activities:
    • Wear a cloth face covering over your mouth and nose.
      • A costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth face covering.
      • Do not wear a costume mask over a cloth face covering if it causes difficulty breathing. Instead, consider a Halloween-themed cloth face covering.
    • Limit the number of houses to visit.
    • Only visit houses with safety measures in place.
    • Only trick-or-treat with household members.
    • Do not gather in groups around houses.
    • Keep 6 feet or more of distance between you, your children and other trick-or-treaters.

Additional Activity Ideas

Visit the CDC website for more Halloween activity ideas organized by risk-level.

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