Pandemic Preparedness: How to Stay Safe during Halloween Activities

Halloween is coming up soon and it is important to consider the risk level of activities that you plan on participating in! It is always safer to participate in online activities (e.g., online costume parties with friends and family) or activities with the people that you live with (e.g., carving pumpkins). Visit our previous update for information about the risk levels of different traditional Halloween activities. However, if you do plan on participating in a moderate or high risk activity, here are some ways to help reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 and of spreading it to others:

  1. Do not partake in any activities if you are feeling ill even if only mildly ill. RememberCOVID-19 is sometimes a very mild illness. 
  2. Do not partake in any activities if someone in your household has symptoms of COVID-19 or if you have had any other exposures to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days. 
  3. Wear cloth face coverings – a costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth face covering. 
  • It is not recommended to wear two masks because it may make it difficult to breathe.
  1. Physically distance yourself (6 feet or more) from people that you do not live with.
  2. Outdoors is always better – avoid indoor gatherings as they are associated with increased risk of COVID-19 spread.
  3. Do not share any items with people who you do not live with (e.g., beverages, food, costume masks or accessories, etc.).
  4. Check with your neighborhood and municipality to see if trick or treating is going to be allowed. 
  5. If you do decide to go trick or treating and it is allowed in your neighborhood, opt for contact-less trick or treating. 
  • Stay 6 feet away from others: including those handing out the candy. 
    • Individually wrapped candy can be set on the ground and can be picked up after the person who answered the door goes back inside.
  • Bring hand sanitizer with you and/or your children while trick or treating to use after handling any candy or other objects from people living outside of the household. 
  • Consider “pandemic pod” trick or treating. If your houses are close kids can go between them multiple times and the house host can change costumes 

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