Pumpkin patch, pumpkin spice, pumpkin-scented candles—it’s officially fall! And you know what else this glorious, scent-of-leaves-burning, cooler weather brings? Autumn festivities! No doubt, you and your loved ones are wondering how to celebrate while adhering to CDC Halloween Guidelines, so allow us to guide you in the right direction!
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In case you’re trying to finder safe alternatives to trick-or-treating, just know that the CDC has warned against ‘Trunk-or-Treat’ COVID festivities:
“The CDC's guidelines group Halloween activities into lower-risk, moderate-risk, and higher-risk buckets. The higher-risk category includes both door-to-door trick-or-treating and events where kids get treats from the trunks of cars in a big parking lot.”
They’ve also identified indoor church-sponsored activities, pumpkin patches, and fall festivals as risky business since they all typically host large crowds.
So, to protect yourself and your loved ones, consider these safety guidelines and “lower-risk” autumn festivities:
- Carve pumpkins either indoors with your immediate family, or invite a few friends over and carve outdoors while six feet apart!
- Set up a fall scavenger hunt! Look for fall-themed objects like pumpkins, haystacks, brightly colored leaves, and scarecrows outside houses. You could even organize a hunt for festive treats inside your home!
- Movie-marathon it up with your family! Find the most beloved fall-themed movies for all ages, then have your family vote on the Top 3. Make a pallet, dim the lights, and grab a handful of candy corn for the full movie-going effect!
- Dress up, mask on! If you’re determined to go trick-or-treating this year, make sure you and your little ones are clad in cloth masks and prepared with hand sanitizer. Remember, a Halloween mask is not a proper substitute for a cloth mask, according to the CDC.
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