How to be Spooky AND Safe.

The Halloween season is upon us. But this year’s festivities may be different than anything in our lifetimes. According to the Center for Disease Control, many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses. There are several safer, alternative ways to participate in Halloween. If you might have COVID-19 or may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should avoid in-person Halloween festivities and should avoid giving out candy to trick-or-treaters. Trick-or-treating ordinances may be in place and may vary from district to district. If you have plans to trick or treat in some form, check with authorities in your community to determine what regulations may be in place and how they affect you.

If you’re not throwing a party or participating in trick or treat festivities, there’s still a silver lining. If you normally have a chunk of your household budget put aside for parties or candy, you can now free up those finances and put it toward something else. If you have children, it could be a good opportunity to put the extra money in savings toward a future Halloween and teach them about budgeting and earning interest!

Looking to celebrate Halloween but aren’t sure how the CDC has categorized Halloween activities according to the level of risk? In place of traditional trick or treating, you may want to consider lower-risk alternatives.

Examples of low-risk alternatives to traditional trick or treating include:

  • 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 virtual Halloween costume contest

  • Creating a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your household members in or around your home rather than going house to house

Higher risk activities you may consider avoiding include:

  • 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