How will COVID-19 change Halloween plans?

CDC issues COVID-19 guidelines for Halloween, classifies trick-or-treating as 'high risk'
Posted at 4:02 PM, Oct 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-08 18:02:39-04

For many, Halloween is a time for costume competitions, pumpkin carving and a night of trick-or-treating. As we continue to practice safe social and physical distancing during the pandemic, these fall traditions may look a little different this year.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends some creative and flexible adjustments to these traditions, like movie nights at home and online costume parties. If you live in a community where trick-or-treating is taking place, be sure to avoid large groups and clustering at doorsteps or on sidewalks.

Consider handing out individually, pre-packaged treat bags this year and when planning costumes, avoid painting masks as some paints have toxins. Maintaining a distance of six feet from others, wearing face coverings and frequent hand hygiene is key to a safe and spooky night this October 31.