• Sarah Sevener

Is Halloween 2020 Cancelled?

Will Halloween join the list of beloved activities cancelled due to COVID-19? Although Halloween is an outdoor activity, the sharing treats and close contact nature of the holiday may be difficult in the midst of a pandemic.

The thought of Halloween being “cancelled” has caused an uproar among children and parents alike. After all, Halloween is one of the most loved activities of fall. The CDC has labeled “participating in traditional trick-or-treating where treats are handed to children who go door to door” a high-risk activity. Other favorite fall activities that have been labeled high-risk include crowded Halloween parties, hayrides (with people not in your direct household), indoor haunted houses, and attending fall festivals. Although Halloween might not look the same this year, there are many other activities labeled as low-risk and safer including carving pumpkins (with members of household), decorating your house, doing a Halloween scavenger hunt, having a virtual Halloween costume contest, and having an “at-home” Halloween party with the people in your household.

If you decide to go trick-or-treating, it would be a safe decision to wear a mask at all times when social distancing is not possible, stay with your group, and use hand sanitizer often. It is sad to think that a holiday many people look forward to may not be as widely celebrated this year, but we remain hopeful that “traditional” Halloween will return in the future.

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