The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a warning against participating in certain holiday traditions to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Based upon CDC guidance, the Village has cancelled its annual Halloween Haunted Trail event, will not post official trick-or-treat hours for October 31, and encourages everyone to celebrate Halloween safely with their family and friends. Door-to-door trick-or-treating is strongly discouraged this year.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has now officially discouraged trick-or-treating in 2020.
According to the CDC, “many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses.”
High-risk Halloween activities, according to the CDC include the following:
- Door-to-door trick-or-treating
- Trunk-or-treat events with treats handed out to large groups from trunks of cars
- Indoor costume parties
- Indoor haunted houses
- Hayrides/tractor rides with people who are not in your household
- Going to a fall festival outside your community
But that doesn’t mean Halloween is canceled. You and your family can still participate in plenty of festive activities.
Below are some of the low-risk Halloween activities mentioned by the CDC:
- Carving/decorating pumpkins with your family
- Carving/decorating pumpkins outside, at a safe distance, with neighbors/friends
- Decorating your home for the season
- Halloween scavenger hunt where children find Halloween-themed things while walking outdoors from house-to-house
- Halloween movie night with your family
- Halloween scavenger hunt style trick-or-treat search, where your household searches around you home for treats
For more holiday suggestions, including medium-risk Halloween activities click here.