Halloween 2020 and COVID-19: Tips to Stay Safe & Have Fun This Year



This year has been plenty scary and traditional Halloween activities can bring a whole new level of fright. Parties, trick-or-treating, and haunted houses can increase the risk of spreading the coronavirus, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t still find some fun ways to celebrate the holiday. It is important to assess the risk of activities and make your plans ahead of time to ensure a safe and happy Halloween.


Low Risk Activities

  • Costume Contest: Host your own virtual costume contest or join other online.
  • Movie Night: Connect online with friends and family to watch a movie “”
  • Parade: Parade down your street or in your neighborhood while maintaining social distancing guidelines.
  • Scavenger Hunt Drive: Look for houses that are decorated for the holiday.
  • House Party: Only members of your household are invited!
  • Pumpkin Carving Party: Carving or decorating pumpkins outside with friends and neighbors while maintaining social distancing guidelines.


Moderate Risk Activities

  • One-Way Trick-or-Treating: Placing individual treats on a table at the end of your driveway or edge of your yard allows for children to grab and go. Mark the spaces 6 feet apart, place a bottle of hand sanitizer on the table, and make sure children wash their hands for at least 20 seconds after returning home.
  • In-Person Costume Party: Costume parties can follow guidelines (outdoors, attendees wear protective masks, and remain more than 6 feet apart) to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission.
  • Apple Picking and Pumpkin Patches: Using hand sanitizer before touching pumpkins or apples, maintaining social distancing guidelines, and only visiting locations where mask wearing is enforced can reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission.
  • Outdoor Halloween Movie Night: Space family and friends 6 feet apart (or greater if screaming is likely occur) to enjoy a movie outdoors.


Mask Considerations

Halloween costume masks are not substitutes for cloth face masks, but you should not wear a cloth face mask under a costume mask because the doubling up can make it hard to breathe. Consider wearing a Halloween themed cloth mask that includes two or more layers of breathable fabric which covers your nose and mouth, without gaps around the face.


Russell Medical Wants You to Stay Safe and Healthy

Wearing cloth face masks, washing hands/using hand sanitizers, and adhering to social distancing guidelines will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 during any of your Halloween activities. If you or anyone in your household has tested positive, has symptoms, is waiting for test results, may have been exposed within the past 14 days, or is at high risk for complications from COVID-19, it is vitally important to not take part in any in-person festivities.