DO celebrate the season: Halloween can be a lot more than just one day on the calendar. Use the whole season to stretch out the celebration this year.
- Get the whole family in on decorating the house, front porch, and yard.
- Put creativity to work with an open-air socially-distanced pumpkin carving and decorating party.
- Instead of bobbing for apples, make some homemade apple cider or some yummy pumpkin bread.
- Look for a haunted forest to visit instead of an indoor haunted house (make sure you’re able to socially distance and wear a mask).
DO wear a mask: And not just the one that goes with your Halloween costume. Even if you’re wearing a Halloween mask, an approved face covering over your nose and mouth is still recommended in high-transmission spots to help protect others. Masks are especially important in close, crowded indoor settings or around people who aren't vaccinated. It might be tempting to slip your mask under your costume, but that can inhibit breathing. It’s better to find a face mask that works with your overall Halloween look.
DO go virtual: We get it—Zoom is getting old—but you can spice up your screentime with a costume contest, a Jack-o-lantern gallery, or a virtual viewing party of your favorite fiendish film. If you’ve got storytellers in your midst, try a spooky story session or crack open an old favorite like Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.
DO keep it small: Whether it’s a spooky backyard movie night or pumpkin carving, limit the number of people you invite. Start with people who are already in your household or “bubble.” Then check local guidelines for your area's transmission risk level. Just remember—the smaller the group, the safer your Halloween event will be for everyone who attends.
DO offer single servings: It’s may not be the classic Miss Manners way, but right now the hostess (or ghostess) with the mostess puts safety first. Keep everyone as safe as possible by serving snacks and drinks that aren't communal (avoid that big Chex mix bowl where everyone grabs their own handful). Fulfill your gracious hosting habit by providing hand sanitizer and ample access to safe, sanitized handwashing stations.
DO wash and wait: If you end up trick-or-treating in one form or another, make sure all the little hands in your horde wash up after grabbing the goodies.
DO stick close to home: It might be tempting to head out of town to explore an apple orchard or a sprawling pumpkin patch. Because they’re outside, these seem like good options this season, but moving into a new community can help expose you (and others) to the latest strains of the novel coronavirus. Your safest bet is to stick to activities in your neck of the woods.
DO watch the trends: Coronavirus recommendations can change daily, so keep an eye on what’s happening in your town or neighborhood. Areas that see a sudden spike in positive COVID-19 cases might shut down Halloween activities that were previously approved.