No tricks, all treats: Staying spooky and safe on Halloween

By Kaitlin Dunn
Lifestyle Editor

While COVID-19 restrictions have lessened in most of the world, for many, there is still the looming threat of catching COVID-19 during Halloween festivities.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has given the “okay” for children to go out and trick-or-treat, but Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, recommended “limiting crowds and avoiding crowded Halloween parties.”                            

This doesn’t mean you cannot still have fun for Halloween. For those looking to stay spooky AND COVID-19 safe, here are a few ways to safely celebrate the season.

Halloween Movie Marathons

The best way to stay COVID-19 safe is by limiting your circle. Having a small gathering with friends minimizes the risk of catching anything from someone you don’t know the health status of. Halloween classics such as “Hocus Pocus,” “Halloweentown,” or “Twitches” are great films to watch with friends or by yourself if you’re just looking for some spooky fun.

Paint Pumpkins

While painting pumpkins the night of Halloween may be a bit late for the season, it is still a fun activity to do either before or the night of Halloween. 

You can even make it a contest. Get a few friends together and have a competition to see who can paint or carve the best pumpkins.

If you still want to go out for Halloween…

For those who still want to go out for Halloween, there are a few ways to minimize the risks involved with doing so. 

“Outside is safest,” New River Health District Director Dr. Noelle Bissell said. “Masking when different households are together in the car and put the windows down, even if it’s a little colder. Go ahead and layer up or turn that heat on. The ventilation really does work.” There are ways to make masking fun for Halloween. By incorporating it into your costume, it can be a fun and chic way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

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