In all honestly, nothing could possibly be scarier than what 2020 has already put us through. The Center For Disease Control has released lists of what they deem as safe for the upcoming Halloween season.

Low Risk Activities:

  • Carving pumpkins with members of your household
  • Carving or decorating pumpkins outside, at a safe distance, with neighbors or friends
  • Decorating your house
  • 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
  • Virtual costume contests
  • Halloween movie nights at home
  • Having a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your household members in or around your home rather than going house to house

Moderate Risk Activities:

  • 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)
  • Having a small group, outdoor, open-air costume parade where people are distanced more than 6 feet apart
  • Outdoor costume parties where people are wearing masks and standing 6 feet apart
  • Going to an open-air, one-way, walk-through haunted forest where appropriate mask use and social distancing is enforced
  • Visiting pumpkin patches and apple orchards

Higher Risk Activities:

  • Traditional trick-or-treating and trunk-or-treating
  • Crowded costume parties held indoors
  • Indoor haunted houses where crowded people are screaming
  • Hayrides with people who are not in your household
  • Traveling to a rural fall festival that is not in your community if you live in an area with community spread of COVID-19

These are just the Halloween guidelines, the CDC has made lists like this for Dia De Los Muertos, and Thanksgiving.

Wisconsin Health Officials have already recommended against trick-or-treating this year. And now with these CDC guidelines, I can only imagine other states can't be far behind that.

I make individual treat bags every year for my neighborhood kids, so at least I'm on the right track with that. But man, Halloween is going to be a weird one this year. I gotta commend them though for not just putting the kabosh to everything and giving some real suggestions for safe ways to celebrate.

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