Even though Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, with a full moon and an hour gained with the end of daylight saving time, you probably shouldn’t plan a big bash just yet—at least not an in-person party.
With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the beginning of cold and flu season, Carilion Clinic experts recommend that we continue to practice social distancing and avoid close contact with those who do not live in our household.
Costume parties, haunted houses where people may be close together and screaming, and events that involve large gatherings can increase the risk of transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun on Halloween!
Low-risk activities suggested by the Virginia Department of Health:
- Carve or decorate pumpkins with members of your household
- Carve or decorate pumpkins outside, at a safe distance, with neighbors or friends
- Decorate your house, apartment or living space
- Do a scavenger hunt for Halloween decorations on a walk around your neighborhood
- Have a virtual costume contest
- Have a movie night with people you live with
- Do a scavenger hunt for candy around your house rather than going house to house
One thing you won't want to decorate is your face mask, as some paints and markers could contain toxins or fumes. Keep in mind that costume masks are not a substitute for a cloth face-covering unless it has multiple layers of fabric and covers your mouth and nose.
Halloween during a pandemic is another opportunity to get creative and start new traditions. Just remember to stay safe by continuing to follow these guidelines:
- Stay home whenever possible.
- Avoid crowds and enclosed spaces if you must go out.
- Wash your hands, keep your distance and wear a mask—every time.