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.
Always practice preventive actions!
- Avoid indoor and outdoor gatherings. If you choose to host a gathering, follow Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
- 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.
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
CDC website for more Halloween activity ideas organized by risk-level.
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