For months we have been trying to remain safe and keep others around us safe. So, what does this mean for fall festivities? The CDC has released some guidelines to ensure you can have fun while maintaining your safety.

Please note that these considerations are meant to supplement not replace any state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations with which holiday gatherings must comply.


Masks have always been a part of Halloween. This year they will be a little different. Find new and creative ways to make masks a part of your costume. However, a plastic Halloween mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask, and it is not recommended to wear a plastic mask over your cloth mask.

Maintain Social Distancing

Whether your trick or treating or visiting a pumpkin patch, maintain at least a six foot distance from people not in your household. If you will be attending an event, ask the host what precautions they will be taking to keep guests safe. Outdoor events are a safer bet than indoor events. And ask how many people will be attending. If you will be hosting an event, try to limit the number of guests and especially guests who are not local.

Wash Your Hands

If you are going out, bring hand sanitizer and use it often. If you are trick or treating, make sure you wash your hands as soon as you get home and before you enjoy any candy. If you are handing out candy avoid direct contact with trick or treater and wash your hands before handling the treats. Hand out candy outside if possible.

Alternatives to Trick or Treating

If your community is not allowing trick or treating or you are not comfortable going out yet, there are some alternatives to traditional trick or treating. Hide treats around your home and have a treat hunt with members of your household. Host a socially distanced costume parade or contest outdoors with neighbors. Host a movie night, either outdoors with neighbors or indoors with members of your household.

Have a happy and safe Halloween from Flik!