The CDC Advises Against Trick-or-Treating This Halloween, and We're Heartbroken

Christy Piña
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From Woman's Day

The harsh reality is that the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, as case numbers continue to rise in some places. And with the holidays approaching, it's time to start thinking about how you can celebrate without spreading the disease. On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released it's Halloween and trick-or-treating guidelines and, unfortunately, it doesn't look good for people who were hoping to resume some normalcy on October 31.

Since many Halloween activities involve interacting with people in one way or another the CDC is advising that people refrain from engaging in most Halloween activities if you may have COVID-19 or may have been exposed to someone with the virus. And if you haven't, the organization is asking you ro proceed with caution.

Is it safe to trick-or-treat during the pandemic?

Door-to-door trick-or-treating is considered one of the higher risk Halloween activities that can spread the coronavirus and, therefore, the CDC is advising against it. This also includes trunk-or-treat, a newer trend where treats are handed out from trunks of cars lined up in large parking lots.

Other high risk Halloween activities include: costume parties, indoor haunted houses, hay or tractor rides, and rural fall festivals .

The CDC also shared it's moderate risk Halloween activities, which include: one-way trick-or-treating where individually wrapped goodie bags are lined up for families to grab and go; outdoor, open-air parade ; an outdoor costume party where protective masks are used — not just costumes ones — and people are more than 6 feet apart; and visiting a pumpkin patch or apple orchard.

What are some trick-or-treating alternatives?

Fortunately, COVID-19 doesn't have to ruin all of the Halloween fun. The CDC's listed several low-risk activities that are festive and, more importantly, safe to do with your quaranteam. These activities include:

Some other safe ideas include,

And, of course, all of these safe Halloween activities can be done while wearing a spectacular family costume. Little Fido can have one, too.

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