Halloween During COVID-19

Halloween During COVID-19

Sara Lao

Desi Philo, Sara Lao 10/15/20

Everyone knows what Halloween is. Some say it’s the month that they can run around and nobody will question their sanity. Others say they only like it for the candy. There’s just one question: What is Halloween going to look like this year? This year we have all experienced COVID-19 and 2020’s chaotic mess. What is Washington planning to do this Halloween? Our state has told us the dos and don’ts of this year’s holiday. Washington’s health department released guidelines from the CDC to help ensure that Halloween will be celebrated in a safe and fun way. The CDC has put Halloween activities into three categories, low-risk activities, moderate-risk activities, and high-risk activities.

Lower risk activities:

  • Displaying Halloween themed products in front of houses – for example, pumpkin carvings and decorated houses, lawns, and backyards.

  • Halloween movie viewings with the people living with you.

  • Play fun indoor or outdoor games such as scavenger hunts, duck-duck-goose, or family trick-or-treating (this is trick-or-treating indoors in your house with just family).

  • “Having a virtual Halloween costume contest.”

Moderate Risk Activities:

  • Small gatherings that include mask wearing and social distancing.

  • “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). If you are preparing goodie bags, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 second before and after preparing the bags.”

  • Go on a walk (keep in mind social distancing and mask-wearing).

  • A costume party with a small amount of people (keep in mind social distancing and mask-wearing).

High-risk activities includes the normal activities that have occured in past years.

How different will your Halloween be? Has this short article changed your plans for Halloween?

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“COVID-19: Holiday Celebrations | CDC.” https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html. Accessed 14 Oct. 2020.