by Jennifer Astion

Halloween will look a little different this year. Due to Covid-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), King County and Pierce County discourage traditional house to house trick or treating.

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Instead, get creative with this fall holiday. The CDC suggests these low risk activities:

  • Decorate or carve pumpkins with members of your household 
  • Host a virtual Halloween costume contest with friends and family
  • Organize an outdoor neighborhood scavenger hunt where children search for Halloween-themed items (and maintain safe distancing)
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Halloween 2020 is on a Saturday so families have a great opportunity to celebrate during the day. If a scavenger hunt takes place at night, light the area well and sweep away leaves or other debris to keep the area safe for participants.

Costume masks are fun but remember that a decorative mask does not take the place of a cloth mask in terms of protecting yourself and others from the spread of the virus.

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When decorating your home, follow the Red Cross safety tips for using candles. Don’t leave candles of any sort unattended or in a place where children or pets can knock them over. Keep candles away from decorations, drapes, and other household items.

Find great information to help you be prepared on the free Red Cross Emergency and First Aid apps. Find these and all of the Red Cross smartphone apps here

Finally, individuals with Covid-19 or who have been exposed to Covid-19 should not participate in any holiday activities. Read more CDC safety guidelines here

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