Halloween Under Covid19


Carolina Mejia, Staff Writer

Autumn is the season of sweaters, pumpkin spice lattes, beautiful trees, and fun festivities. These unmatched qualities are why we love the fall, but this year we might need to take some extra precautions to enjoy the spooky season. 

Luckily for us, Halloween is still on! Landing on a Saturday and a Blue Moon, the State Health Department advises:

  • Group trick-or-treating should be limited to household members. Otherwise, social distancing is required. 
  • Masks are necessary. Costume masks do not count as a substitute. They must be worn properly, covering the mouth and nose.
  • Houses should only be giving out individually wrapped, commercially produced candy. They should wear gloves and drop the candy into trick or treat bags with little contact as possible.
  •  Homeowners are also responsible for wearing appropriate masks when handing out candy and should wash hands frequently. 
  • Trick-or-treaters should limit the amount of houses they visit and stay local. Keep in mind, the more houses you come in contact with, the more risk. 
  • Halloween parties must adhere to the indoor/outdoor capacity guidelines.

Haunted Houses are still open as well as hayrides and pumpkin picking. However, state officials advise against haunted houses and enclosed spaces. Owners of these establishments are encouraged to sell tickets beforehand and limit capacity. If you choose to opt out of public gatherings, some fun alternatives might include: watching scary movies, baking spooky treats, cosplaying your favorite characters from home, or taking part in virtual events.

Although things may be a little different this year, we can still appreciate the warm spirit of the fall. Remember to stay safe, practice social distancing, and stay positive!

Source  for information: ( https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html )