Celebrating Halloween Safely During a Pandemic

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Published on October 23, 2020

Celebrating Halloween Safely During a Pandemic

Photo of a family dressed in Halloween costumes at homeCOVID-19 changed many aspects of our lives, from shopping and dining-out to how we interact with others in our homes and in public spaces. As Halloween draws closer, we are reminded that even the traditional ways this holiday is celebrated will need to change to keep our family, friends and neighbors safe.

Adapting Our Celebrations

According to the California Department of Public Health, COVID-19 continues to pose a severe risk to communities across the state. The closer, longer and more people a person interacts with, the higher the risk that COVID-19 (symptomatic or asymptomatic) can spread to others.

However, there are fun alternatives to keep your Halloween lively, entertaining and safe for everyone. Here are some safe ideas you can use to celebrate at home or virtually:

  • Transform your home and backyard into a haunted house with a different theme for each room or area
  • Give treats at home to those in your household or trick-or-treat at each of the rooms in your home instead of going house-to-house
  • Conduct a Halloween hunt-style trick-or-treat search in or around your home (as you would for an Easter egg hunt)
  • Prepare a Halloween basket for your children with treats and Halloween-themed toys and accessories
  • Design face masks that reflect your children's Halloween costumes
  • Do face painting, pumpkin carving or decorating with members of your household
  • Prepare a Halloween-themed meal with your household
  • Have a Halloween-themed movie night with members of your household
  • Participate in online parties/contests, such as virtual costume or pumpkin carving contests
  • Send a curated playlist and/or themed treats to your friends ahead of time

Additional Guidelines

Depending on the level of transmission in your area, your local health department may have additional restrictions that could further limit what is recommended. Please check with your local agencies for information specific to your community as you plan your Halloween festivities.

You can also visit the California Department of Public Health website for more COVID-19 related information, including guidance for private gatherings and guidance for the use of face coverings.

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.