Have fun without the trick-or-treating this Halloween

Date: Oct 29 2020

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This Halloween, there’s still room for fun with those ghosts and goblins, but the best way to stay safe is to stay home and avoid crowds, especially as COVID-19 surges around the country and officials warn that winter may be especially severe.

The most important thing: children, teens and adults should refrain from door-to-door trick-or-treating and crowded indoor and outdoor costume parties, which can be high risk for spreading COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that if you participate in trick-or-treating, avoid direct contact and hand out treats outdoors. Also, consider setting up a special spot with individually bagged treats for kids to take, such as at the end of a driveway.

CDC offers a number of alternatives to traditional door-to-door activities, such as setting up fun decorations, organizing a scavenger hunt or visiting a pumpkin patch or apple orchard. Always remember to observe physical distancing and wash your hands frequently or use sanitizer after touching frequently touched surfaces. Video chat with friends and relatives to show off your little ninja or princess, show some scary movies or play some Halloween-themed board games. 

Remember, a costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask that covers the nose and mouth without gaps around the face.  Do not wear a costume mask over a cloth mask because that could make breathing difficult, CDC cautions. 

For more tips, visit CDC.


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