Wondering About Halloween?

Wondering About Halloween?

Tips adapted from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention

by the Newton Health and Human Services Department 10/1/20


Halloween is going to look a bit different this year as we change our habits to keep our families and our neighbors safe from COVID-19. The CDC has offered the following considerations to help everyone plan for Halloween this year:

General Considerations

  • Indoor gatherings pose a higher risk than outdoor gatherings.

  • Large gatherings should be avoided.

  • Practice frequent hand washing, mask wearing, and social distancing both before and during any gatherings.

    If you have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 or have COVID-19 yourself, you should not attend any gatherings or participate in trick or treating (giving or receiving treats)

  • Block parties or other events that require Newton Police or DPW presence are prohibited.

Low-Risk Activities

  • Carving or decorating pumpkins outside, at a safe distance, with neighbors and friends.

  • Having a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your household members in or around your home rather than going house to house.

  • Virtual Halloween costume contest.

  • Having a Halloween movie night with your family.

Moderate-Risk Activities

  • One-way trick-or-treating, with individually wrapped bags lined up for families to grab on a driveway or at the edge of a yard.
    • If you are preparing goodie bags, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 second before and after preparing the bags.
  • Having a small group, outdoor, open-air costume parade where people are distanced more than 6 feet apart.
  • Going to an open-air, one-way, walk-through haunted forest where appropriate mask use is enforced, and people can remain more than 6 feet apart.
  • Visiting pumpkin patches or orchards where people use hand sanitizer before touching pumpkins or picking apples, wearing masks is encouraged or enforced, and people are able to maintain social distancing.
  • Having an outdoor Halloween movie night with people spaced at least 6 feet apart.

High-Risk Activities to Avoid

  • Avoid traditional trick-or-treating or "trunk-or-treating," where treats are handed out from trunks of cars lined up in large parking lots.
  • Do not use a Halloween costume mask in place of a protective face covering. A protective face covering should be worn anytime you cannot be sure you will be able to maintain social distancing with people outside of your household.
  • Avoid haunted houses or hayrides with people outside of your household.


You can find information from the CDC about slowing the spread of COVID-19 during the holiday season here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html#halloween

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