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Halloween during COVID-19: Tips for a safe and fun holiday

Halloween during COVID-19: Staying safe

With the COVID-19 pandemic still prevalent, it’s important to consider how families can celebrate Halloween safely in 2021.

Editor’s note: This article was last updated on October 25, 2021. COVID-19 information and recommendations are subject to change. For the most up-to-date information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website or view our most recent COVID-19 blog posts.

From carving pumpkins to wearing costumes, Halloween marks a fun time for many families.

Last year, however, many Halloween plans were put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The CDC released guidelines on what types of activities should be avoided – and popular routines such as trick-or-treating and large parties made the list.

So as this Halloween approaches and with the COVID-19 pandemic still very much in our lives, the question resurfaces – what types of Halloween activities are safe this year?

Top medical experts, like Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director for The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have weighed in with good news – many of those Halloween celebrations can be enjoyed again safely.

With that in mind, they both still advise that you take some key measures to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

Trick or Treating is back

A favorite activity for many families this time of year is going trick-or-treating. While both Fauci and Walensky did give the go-ahead on the activity, there are some important caveats to note.

  • Stick to outdoor spaces

Try to avoid entering other houses while trick-or-treating. The virus is more likely to spread indoors. If you do wind up indoors, please consider masking.

  • Keep your group small

It can be easy to join up with other families and form a large, closely packed group. However, staying socially-distanced from others who aren’t a part of your household is a great way to reduce risk.

  • Get the COVID-19 vaccine

The Pfizer-BioNTech COMIRNATY vaccine is currently available for people ages 12 and older. For anyone eligible, it is the best way to keep everyone safe this Halloween. Pfizer has requested FDA Emergency Use Authorization of the vaccine for children between the ages of 5 and 11.

Check for guidance from trusted sources

A key step before making Halloween plans is to check recommendations from the CDC and Wisconsin Department of Health Services and contacting your local health department.

The CDC can provide valuable tips on staying safe while DHS and your local health department can keep you updated on the latest information specific to your community.

You can learn more from these sources at the links below:

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