To many, the coronavirus is more intimidating than the scariest ghouls that will be out this Halloween, but with the proper precautions, COVID-19 fears need not ruin your holiday.
According to the CDC, the best protection from the spread of the virus is to celebrate virtually or with members of your household.
In-person gatherings pose varying levels of risk, depending on event size and mitigation strategies.
The agency recommends Halloween-themed scavenger hunts and neighborhood walks to observe spooky décor rather than door-to-door trick-or-treating.
For those wanting participate in trick-treating, the CDC recommends placing bag of goodies outside for a grab and go interaction.
Before filling bags first wash hands for 20 seconds and again after.
Halloween parties should be limited to small group events in the open air in a location that allows guests to remain six feet apart.
The CDC recommends Halloween themed cloth masks.
Costume masks are not a substitute for a cloth mask, the agency says. A costume mask should not be used unless it is mad of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers mouth and nose and doesn’t leave any gaps around the face.
The CDC warns not to wear a costume mask over a protective cloth mask because it can be dangerous if it impedes breathing.
Haunted forest events should still maintain six foot distancing, unless screaming is likely to occur, then more distance should be used. Movie nights with scary movies should incorporate greater distancing if screaming is anticipated.
The CDC classifies door-to-door trick-or-treating, trunk or treats, large costume parties, indoor events and haunted houses, travelling outside the community to visit fall festivals and general public hayrides as higher risk activities. Alcohol or drug use can cloud judgment and lead to increased risky behavior.
Large indoor Día de los Muertos celebrations with singing or chanting are discouraged.