Prescribe Halloween safety by region, current conditions


AAP-recommended Do’s and Don’ts for celebrating Halloween


  • Avoid large gatherings.
  • Maintain 6 feet distance.
  • Wear cloth masks and wash hands often.
  • Use hand sanitizer before and after visiting pumpkin patches and apple orchards.


  • Wear painted cloth masks since paints can contain toxins that should not be breathed.
  • Use a costume mask unless it has layers of breathable fabric snugly covering mouth and nose.
  • Wear cloth mask under costume mask.
  • Attend indoor parties or haunted houses.

CDC safety considerations (supplemental to state and local safety laws)

  • Assess current cases and overall spread in your community before making any plans.
  • Choose outdoor venues or indoor facilities that are well ventilated.
  • Consider the length of the event, how many are attending, where they are coming from, and how they behave before and during the event.
  • If you are awaiting test results, have COVID-19 symptoms, or have been exposed to COVID-19, stay home.
  • If you are at higher risk, avoid large gatherings and limit exposure to anyone you do not live with.
  • Make available to others masks, 60% or greater alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and tissues.
  • Avoid touching your nose, eyes, and mouth.
  • For a complete set of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID safety recommendations go here.

Suggested safe, fun activities

  • Use Zoom and other chat programs to share costumes, play games, and watch festive movies.
  • Participate in socially distanced outdoor community events at local parks, zoos, etc.
  • Attend haunted forests and corn mazes. Maintain more than 6 feet of distance around screaming patrons.
  • Decorate pumpkins.
  • Cook a Halloween-themed meal.
  • If trick-or-treating has been canceled, try a scavenger hunt in the house or yard.
  • When handing out treats, wear gloves and mask. Consider prepackaging treat bags. Line up visitors 6 feet apart and discourage gatherings around entranceways.
  • Wipe down all goodies received and consider quarantining them for a few days.
  • Always wash hands before and after trick-or-treating and when handling treats.


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