The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced new guidelines for holidays, including Halloween, to help families stay safe amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The guidelines issued Monday include a list ranking the likely risk of some traditions such as trick-or-treating and pumpkin carving, WRC-TV (Channel 4) reported.
The agency recommends wearing a Halloween-themed face mask instead of wearing a face covering with a costume on due to problems of breathability. Trick-or-treating should be done with social distancing, with the traditional form of going door to door discouraged, WRC reported.
The CDC recommends pumpkin patch visits should include social distancing and using hand sanitizer while carving pumpkins has been deemed safe as long as everyone is six feet apart. Halloween parties are fine if small in composition and social distance is practiced outdoors but indoor parties are discouraged.
The CDC said low-risk activities include a scavenger hunt around the neighborhood, an in-house Easter egg like pursuit or an online Halloween costume virtual contest with friends and family are fine. Other acceptable ideas include a movie night with family and friends but a movie night outdoors may be risky, WRC reported.
Some cities, such as Los Angeles, have recommended some Halloween traditions be suspended while others canceled annual events or severely restricted the number of attendees permitted this year.
Social media posts report people possibly tossing treats to children standing in their yards, long sticks with hooks for candy buckets at the end and long chutes to send candy through to dressed-up recipients.