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In a year that's been plenty scary, this much is clearandemic Halloween will be different than regularHalloween. Many traditional ways of celebrating arenow considerably more frightful than usual, becausenow they bring the risk of spreading the coronavirus.


Accordingly, the Centers for Disease Control andPrevention has issued new guidelines on how tocelebrate Halloween safely. No big surprise: Classicdoor-to-door trick-or-treating and crowded, boozy costume parties are not recommended.


The CDC's guidelines group Halloween activities into lower-risk, moderate-risk and higher-riskbuckets.


The higher-risk category includes both door-to-door trick-or-treating and events where kids gettreats from the trunks of cars in a big parking lot.


Also no-nos: indoor haunted houses where people will be crowded and screaming, which couldsend infectious particles flying. Going on hayrides with people who aren't in your household orfall festivals in rural areas also carry a risk of spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. Andusing alcohol and drugs "can cloud [judgment] and increase risky behaviors," the CDC warns— though that's equally true in any season.


The agency says this way of trick-or-treating poses a moderate risk (compared with the higherrisk of the traditional style): Kids could pick up individually wrapped gift bags at the end of adriveway or yard while still preserving social distance.


You could also organize a small outdoor costume parade where everyone is 6 feet apart. Anoutdoor costume party would also be considered moderate risk, if people wear masks and stay6 feet away from each other.


Haunted houses are out, and haunted forests are in. The CDC says an open-air scare-fest ismoderately risky, so long as the route is one-way, people wear masks appropriately and stay 6feet apart. But there's a caveat: "If screaming will likely occur, greater distancing is advised."


What about apple picking and pumpkin patches? Risks can be reduced if people use handsanitizer before touching pumpkins or apples, wear masks and maintain social distance.


Also on the moderate-risk list: an outdoor scary movie night with local friends who are sociallydistanced. Again: The more screaming there is, the more space is needed for safe socialdistancing.


If you want to be really safe? Then you need to plan for either virtual activities or ones that youdo largely with your own household.


The CDC's lower-risk activities include carving pumpkins with your household, or outdoors withfriends while socially distanced. It also suggests a Halloween scavenger hunt: looking forwitches, spiderwebs and black cats outside houses while walking around — or a scavenger huntfor treats in your own home.


And what about masks? A costume mask is no substitute for a cloth mask, according to theagency, but don't double up with one over the other because that can make it hard to breathe.Instead, consider a Halloween-themed cloth mask, the CDC suggests.


A costume mask can protect against spreading the coronavirus if it's like a regular clothmask: two or more layers of breathable fabric covering the nose and mouth, without gapsaround the face.


And remember this, friendly neighbors: If you think you might have COVID-19 or have beenexposed to someone who does, don't attend in-person Halloween activities — and certainlydon't hand out candy to trick-or-treaters.



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