Tips for a low-risk Halloween

Staff Writer
Baystateparent Magazine
Baystateparent Magazine

Like nearly everything else in 2020, this year’s Halloween holiday will be unlike any before.

In September, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention classified traditional trick-or-treating where treats are handed to children to go door to door as a high-risk activity for spreading COVID-19.

While traditional trick-or-treating might prove to be too risky for some families, there are a few ways you can still celebrate Halloween safely. According to the CDC, participating in trick-or-treating in which individually wrapped goodie bags are lined up for families to grab and go while continuing to social distance (such as at the end of a driveway or at the edge of a yard) is considered a moderate-risk activity.

Here are few other low-risk Halloween activities you can participate in:

1. Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household and displaying them.

2. Carving or decorating pumpkins outside, at a safe distance, with neighbors or friends.

3. Decorating your house, apartment, or living space.

4. 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.

5. Having a virtual Halloween costume contest.

6. Having a Halloween movie night with people you live with.

7. Having a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your household members in or around your home rather than going house to house.