CDC releases recommendations to celebrate Halloween safely during COVID-19

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: September 24, 2020 06:17 PM

COVID-19 has changed the way we work, go to school, travel, and even celebrate holidays. With Halloween only about a month away, many families are wondering how the fun will happen this year. The CDC recently released guidelines on how to safely celebrate Halloween.


"I didn't really give much thought until my daughter told me what she wanted to dress up as and I stopped and I just thought to myself, Halloween is gonna be very different this year and I really had doubts on whether it was even gonna happen or not," said Amity Nurmi from Duluth.

The CDC said Halloween will look a bit different this fall to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but there's safe options and alternatives to still celebrate that the CDC released online.

"As long as you're having activities that allow them to enjoy wearing a costume, eating candy or decorating a pumpkin, those are the types of joyful activities they really like and having it with your immediate family can still be quite safe," said Razaan Byrne, a pediatrician from Children's Minnesota.

The CDC listed several Halloween activities as high, moderate and low risk. Traditional trick or treating is considered a high risky activity to the CDC. However, Byrne said kids can still do it as long as they go in a small group, social distance, wash their hands, and mask up.

"Make sure everybody wears a mask especially since the masks that are associated with costumes are not the same masks as those recommended by the CDC. Make sure that all kids are wearing a surgical mask or a cloth mask that goes over their mouth and nose. Also make sure not to put another mask on top of it that's part of your costume because that can cause risks for difficult breathing," said Byrne.

Folks who look forward to handing out candy can still do that too.

"Have individual bags already made with Halloween candy in it so that when a family comes you can have bags that are separated out a little further away from your doorstep so there's a little bit of space and people are not clustered all in one space," said Byrne.

Despite the new changes, families are adapting and coming up with their own unique ways to celebrate Halloween safely this year.

"I kind of thought well maybe what we do is we dress up and hunker down inside and watch scary movies," said Nurmi.

"We thought maybe we can have a Halloween party at home or the adults can hide some candy. We will still dress up and stuff. We aren't going to go trick or treating but it'll still be fun," said Maizy Smith, a nine-year-old from Duluth.

The Smith family said they are going to take on a new twist with choosing Halloween costumes to make it fun.

"We picked names out of hats so I got my sister, my brother Mason got me and we're going to pick eachother's costumes," said Smith.

The CDC also listed some other low risk Halloween activities that can be done at home too.

"Kids really love scavenger hunts and you can have lots of Halloween themed scavenger hunts inside your home and outside. Lots of families like to do Zoom conferences now or having FaceTime conferences so you can have a virtual family party where you can have extended family members virtually looking at the kids costumes or doing a costume party or costume contest," said Byrne.

The CDC also said if you may have COVID-19 or you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should not participate in in-person Halloween festivities or give out candy.


Alejandra Palacios

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