What do you think of these recommended CDC guidelines for Halloween?


It's no surprise that Halloween may be different this year, I mean what hasn't been? I've seen the creation of "candy shoots," a PVC looking pipe that the homeowner slides the candy down where on the other end the kids have their buckets at the end waiting for the "candy slide." Certainly an idea, in fact my aging mom and dad, who look forward to the trick-or-treaters each year are thinking of this idea. Their thoughts are the kids have lost so much, we need to come up with someway for them to enjoy Halloween!

I actually have been having a group text messaging conversation with the neighbors on how we are handling our trick-or-treaters. We average anywhere from 150 to 300 depending on weather.

The CDC has come out with their recommendations, take a look!

“Many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses,” the agency wrote in the advisory.

Among the high-risk activities:

  • Crowded costume parties held indoors.
  • Haunted houses, hayrides and tractor rides with folks outside your household.
  • Door-to-door trick or treating, as well as trunk or treating activities.
  • Traveling to a rural fall festival outside your own community
  • They also warn against wearing a costume mask that isn’t “made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers your mouth and nose and doesn’t leave gaps around your face." 

But the CDC isn’t taking away all the fun and has offered some “low-risk” and “medium-risk” Halloween alternatives. 

Low-risk alternatives include:

  • Socially distanced pumpkin carving.
  • Virtual Halloween competitions.
  • Halloween movie nights.
  • Socially distanced outdoor scavenger hunts.

Medium-risk alternatives include:

  • “One –way trick-or-treating” in which goodie bags are lined up away from a house so families can grab and go.
  • Outdoor Halloween parties where participants wear masks and stay six feet apart.