Few things are better than stepping out into the crisp autumn air, pumpkin-shaped bucket in tow, dressed as your favorite character. The sun is setting, leaves coat the ground and the competition for Halloween candy is on. But as the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect daily life, many things, including Halloween, seem uncertain. That leaves many Americans wondering: Is Halloween canceled this year?
You may not be able to go to a classic Halloween party or participate in trick-or-treating as you’ve known it in the past, but there are a few low-risk ways to celebrate Halloween, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The agency released a guideline for the holiday season in relation to the coronavirus. It's packed with a list of activities that are safer alternatives to traditional All Hallows' Eve celebrations.
Beyond the classic fall activities of visiting your favorite pumpkin patch or apple orchard, there are a few indoor and outdoor options that can really get you into the spooky spirit. Besides baking your favorite Halloween-themed treats, the CDC says pumpkin carving is also a low-risk activity to enjoy this fall.
But you don’t have to stay cooped up in your house to stay safe this Halloween. Take your kids outside for a socially distanced Halloween scavenger hunt. They can search for their favorite candy and spooky knick-knacks around your yard or neighborhood.
Or even take things virtual this year, which is a great way to stay connected during the coronavirus. This Halloween, dress up in your most creative costume and schedule a virtual Halloween costume contest with your loved ones. You can even plan a virtual movie night and watch classic spooky flicks.
Of course, there are plenty of other activities to do during Halloween, like bake your favorite pumpkin desserts or visit a haunted house. But some adventures pose more of a risk than others. Before venturing out, check out our list of every Halloween activity ranked by risk level, according to the CDC.