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COVID-19

CDC updates recommendations for safe Halloween celebrations

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With Halloween just around the corner and other fall festivals approaching fast, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its guidelines for celebrating safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Among the guidelines for Halloween is not to wear a costume mask. Wearing a costume mask without a cloth mask won’t provide protection, but wearing one with a cloth mask could make it difficult to breathe. Instead, consider a Halloween-themed cloth mask.

The CDC considers these activities high risk for Halloween:

  • 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 judgement 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

Among recommended low-risk activities, the CDC lists the following alternatives:

  • 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 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

For more information, visit the CDC website.

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