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How to Properly Wear a Face Mask During Halloween

The safest way to stay spooky this Halloween


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Whether you opt for something super popular or get creative, wearing a costume is one of the best ways to celebrate Halloween. But, just like it has affected how we dine out or interact with loved ones, the coronavirus pandemic is going to change how we have fun this Halloween season. Although what trick-or-treating may look like in 2020 is uncertain, if you’re planning to dress up, this is what you should know about how to properly wear your face mask first.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a guideline for how to navigate Halloween this year based on low- to high-risk activities. According to the CDC's recommendations, your costume mask is not a replacement for your cloth mask during Halloween. While that rubber creepy clown mask may be hilarious, it does not offer the same protection as a cloth face mask.

It may be best to forego rubber masks in general this holiday. You shouldn’t wear your costume mask simultaneously with a cloth mask because it could make it difficult to breathe. If you do choose to wear a costume mask, make sure it has two or more layers of fabric, covers your mouth and nose and doesn’t have any gaps. The CDC recommends opting for a Halloween-themed cloth mask or one that coordinates with your costume instead.

Traditional trick-or-treating is considered a high-risk activity, but there are some low- to moderate-risk ways to still dress up and get your favorite Halloween candy this year.


Whether you choose to stay home and carve pumpkins or safely pick up some candy around your block this year, be sure to check out our list of every Halloween activity ranked by risk level, according to the CDC.