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As many people in the United States begin to plan for fall and winter holiday celebrations, to include Halloween, the CDC offers the following considerations to help protect individuals, their families, friends, and communities from COVID-19.

Halloween activities

Many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses, like participating in traditional trick-or-treating where treats are handed to children who go door-to-door. There are several safer, alternative ways to participate in Halloween. 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 and should not give out candy to trick-or-treaters.

These lower risk activities can be safe alternatives:

• Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household and displaying them

• Carving or decorating pumpkins outside, at a safe distance, with neighbors or friends

• Decorating your house, apartment, or living space

• 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

• Having a Halloween movie night with people you live with

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

To learn more, visit www.cdc.gov.