Center for Disease Control (The CDC) Recommended Guidelines for a Safe Halloween
- A costume mask should not be a substitute for a cloth mask.
- A costume mask should not be used unless it is made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers the mouth and nose and doesn’t leave gaps around the face.
- It may be a good idea to come up with a Halloween-themed cloth mask.
- If screaming will occur, greater distancing is advised.
- The greater the distance, the lower the risk of spreading a respiratory virus.
- Low-risk Activities
- Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household, or outside, at a safe distance with neighbors or friends
- Decorating your home
- 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
- Having a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your household members in or around your home rather than going house to house
- Moderate-risk Activities
- Participating in one-way trick-or-treating where 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)
- Having a small group, outdoor, open-air costume parade where people are distanced with more than 6 feet apart
- Attending a costume party outdoors where protective masks are used and people can remain more than 6 feet apart
- High-risk Activities
- Participating in traditional trick-or-treating where treats are handed to children who go door to door
- Having trunk-or-treat where treats are handed out from trunks of cars lined up in large parking lots
- Attending crowded costume parties held indoors
- Going to an indoor haunted house where people may be crowded together and screaming
- Going on hayrides or tractor rides with people who are not in your household