Is It Safe to Go Trick-or-Treating This Year? The CDC Weighs In

by Bethany Braun-Silva

Is It Safe to Go Trick-or-Treating This Year? The CDC Weighs In
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The CDC Halloween guidelines are definitely worth checking out!


Many parents may be wondering what the deal is with Halloween this year. At the start of the year, it looked like it would be an epic October 31: Halloween falls on a Saturday, and there’s even a Blue Moon scheduled to appear. We have all the makings for a perfect spooky night, but in true 2020 fashion, there might not be a Halloween at all. 


Towns across the country have canceled trick-or-treating due to the risk of spreading COVID-19, and even though Halloween is already a socially distanced holiday and takes place outside for the most part, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released some guidelines for best practices for staying safe. Unfortunately, it qualifies traditional trick-or-treating as a “high-risk activity” along with hayrides, costume parties, and haunted houses. Total bummer! But don’t worry, there are plenty of things families can do to ensure a great time is had by all your little ghouls and goblins.


Low-risk activities include many things that you were probably going to do anyway, but now you can really double down on the fun. Carving pumpkins, decorating your house, having a trick-or-treating scavenger hunt, a Halloween movie marathon, and a virtual costume party are all enjoyable ways to celebrate Halloween safely. (We’ve also compiled a list of simple Halloween crafts the whole family can have fun with, if you need some more ideas.)


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If you’re planning to hit the town, be sure to mask up with a festive Halloween face mask, or even consider a costume that makes it easier to socially distance. The website provides an up-to-date list of the country’s COVID-19 risks and suggestions for fun activities based on your county’s risk level. For instance, if you live in an Orange Zone, you are at a higher risk, so it’s best to celebrate safely at home. If you live in a Green Zone, you can take part in some socially-distanced Halloween activities outside. 


However you choose to celebrate the spooky season this year, it’s best to be safe, and we found some great activities, games, and costumes that are CDC-approved for Halloween merriment. Check them out below. 


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Halloween Kid Hand Sanitizer Holders


If you’re heading out to trick-or-treat, fill up one of these Halloween hand sanitizer holders and clip it to your child’s bag or bucket.

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Funko Disney The Haunted Mansion – Call of The Spirits Board Game


Family game night just got scary fun! This new release, courtesy of Disney, is based on the beloved ride.

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Crayola Reusable Cloth Kids Face Mask Set, Halloween


These Halloween-themed face masks from Crayola come in kid and adult sizes and are the perfect complement to your witch, pumpkin, or vampire costume.

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JOYIN Friendly Halloween Corrugate Yard Stake Signs


Get the whole family involved in decorating the house in spooky Halloween decor. If you can’t visit a haunted house this year, why not turn your own house into one?

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Hyde & EEK! Boutique "Trick or Treat" Halloween Candy Fabric Basket


If your family isn’t going trick-or-treating but still wants to leave candy out for others, this basket will go nicely on a stoop or front porch.

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Spooktacular Creations Halloween Inflatable


An inflatable costume makes it easy to social distance when outside. We love this dinosaur look, and there are also unicorns, astronauts, and many more to choose from.

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Ghost with Witch Hat Piñata


Kids won’t mind skipping trick-or-treating if they get to take a whack at this adorable Halloween piñata.

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SKINOSM Pumpkin Carving Kit for Kids


You may find yourself carving more than one pumpkin this year, so make it easy on yourself, and your kids, with this handy pumpkin carving kit. It includes candles, stencils, and all the tools you need to carve the perfect pumpkin.