Celebrating Halloween during COVID-19

Halloween is a holiday for all ages to enjoy, but people may be celebrating differently this year because of Covid-19. Photo credit: Anna Panek

Editor’s note: Due to site maintenance, this article was republished on Oct. 7, 2020. This article was originally published on Oct. 1, 2020.

For the past six months, COVID-19 has changed the way people have lived their lives and done things they previously enjoyed doing. With Halloween coming, people may be celebrating it a little differently this year.

Halloween is one of the holidays people look forward to each year because they can dress up and have fun with friends and family by going out trick-or-treating or by having a party to celebrate Halloween. With the current pandemic, people’s plans may change slightly to keep themselves and others safe. However, they will still be able to enjoy the holiday.

“I’m still going trick or treating with my niece and nephew this year.” said Brian Chance, a student at St. Cloud State.

Many people have the same way of thinking, they are still going to do parties and trick or treating this year. Though this year they are going to be taking extra precautions by wearing masks and keeping six feet apart.

People are also getting creative with what they plan on doing to celebrate, ideas like reverse trick-or-treating has been a very popular one. People figure out what houses in their neighborhood have kids that may not be going out to trick-or-treat, so people bring the candy or goodie bags to their front doors instead.

The CDC has released guidelines they suggest people follow for the holiday to keep everyone as safe as possible. Instead of rules like wearing a mask the CDC has given suggestions on what activities are low risk, moderate, and high risks for the spread of COVID-19.

The CDC website stated that carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household and displaying them carving or decorating pumpkins outside with neighbors or friends, decorating your house, doing a Halloween scavenger hunt as all low-risk activities. You can find more ideas and helpful information on the CDC website.

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