New coronavirus map helps parents determine risk level of Halloween activities in their area

Gary Dinges
Baystateparent Magazine
Baystateparent Magazine

As parents gear up for Halloween, they'll have to decide how to maximize fun for their kids while minimizing the risk of catching or spreading COVID-19. 

Can families go trick-or-treating? Is a Zoom costume party a better idea? 

The Halloween & Costume Association and Harvard Global Health Institute released a color-coded map that shows coronavirus risk levels by county to help guide families on how to safely celebrate Halloween. Counties fall into one of four risk levels, calculated on a seven-day rolling average of daily cases per 100,000 population. The risk levels correlate with colors: 

  • Green: Less than 1
  • Yellow: Less than 10 but more than 1
  • Orange: Less than 25 but more than 10
  • Red: More than 25

Initial high-risk "red zone" areas include parts of North Dakota and South Dakota, as well as a number of Southwestern states. Parts of Maine, Colorado and Oregon have low risks and fall into the "green zone."

Most of Massachusetts falls into the "yellow zone," but Essex, Plymouth and Suffolk counties fall into the "orange zone."