Fall Pumpkins

Pumpkins sit along some hay bales.

Halloween is one of the largest celebrated holidays for college students. However, many traditional Halloween activities are high-risk for spreading COVID-19. The CDC recommends using safer alternative ways to participate in Halloween this year.

Lower risk activities:

  • Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household or friends from a safe distance.

  • Decorating your house, apartment, or living space

  • Doing a Halloween scavenger hunt with lists of Halloween-themed things to look for.

  • Having a virtual Halloween costume contest.

  • Having a Halloween movie night with people you live with.

Moderate risk activities:

  • Participating in one-way trick-or-treating where individually wrapped goodie bags are lined up for participants to grab and go.

  • Having a small group, outdoor, open-air costume parade.

  • Attending a costume party held outdoors where protective masks are used and people can remain more than 6 feet apart

    • A costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask. A costume mask should not be used unless it is made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers the mouth and nose and doesn’t leave gaps around the face.

    • Do not wear a costume mask over a protective cloth mask because it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe. Instead, consider using a Halloween-themed cloth mask.

  • Going to an open-air, one-way, walk-through haunted forest where appropriate mask use is enforced, and people can remain more than 6 feet apart.

    • If screaming will likely occur, greater distancing is advised.

  • Visiting pumpkin patches or orchards where people use hand sanitizer before touching pumpkins or picking apples.

  • Having an outdoor Halloween movie night.

    • If screaming will likely occur, greater distancing is advised.

Higher risk activities to avoid:

  • Participating in traditional trick-or-treating.

  • 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.

  • Going to an indoor haunted house where people may be crowded together and screaming.

  • Going on hayrides or tractor rides with people who are not in your household.

  • Using alcohol or drugs, which can cloud judgement and increase risky behaviors.

  • Traveling to a rural fall festival that is not in your community if you live in an area with community spread of COVID-19.

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.

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