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Francene Marie Show

The pandemic is still raging. And as a result, celebrating Halloween won’t be the same this year. The bad news: the Centers for Disease (CDC) says the traditional route of trick-or-treating is just not safe. And the CDC is discouraging wearing costume masks or even attending Halloween parties.

But, here is the good news! The CDC has come with a list of activities they categorize as “low-risk, moderate and higher risk” for celebrating Halloween.

LOW-RISK 

  • carving pumpkins
  • decorating your home
  • outdoor scavenger hunts
  • virtual costume contests
  • hosting  a movie night with family in your household

MODERATE-RISK

  • “one-way trick-or-treating” (exchange goody bags at the end of a driveway or yard)
  • “open-air costume parade” (participants are 6 feet apart)
  • outdoor costume party (masks are worn and people social distance)
  • open-air, one-way walk through the haunted forest (masks should be worn, people should social distance)
  • pumpkin patches or orchard visits

**NOTE** A Halloween mask or costume mask is NOT a substitute for a cloth mask. The CDC says a costume mask should not be used unless it is made of two or more layers of breathable fabric and that covers both the mouth and nose and doesn’t leave gaps.”

HIGH-RISK

  • door-to-door trick-or-treating
  • attending crowded indoor costume parties
  • visiting indoor haunted houses
  • going on hayrides or tractor rides with strangers
  • trunk-or-treat (where treats are handed out from trunks of cars lines up in large parking lots
  • traveling to a rural fall festival, not in a community
  • Day of the Dead celebrations

ALTERNATIVES TODAY OF THE DEAD CELEBRATIONS

  • make traditional family recipes for family and neighbors and deliver to them in a non-contact manner
  • play music in your home that your deceased loved ones enjoyed
  • make and decorate masks
  • set out pillows and blankets in your home for the deceased
  • join virtual celebrations

For additional Halloween activities, visit CDC holiday guidelines.