As many people in the United States begin to plan for Halloween celebrations, the CDC offers the following considerations to help protect individuals, their families, friends, and communities from COVID-19. These considerations are meant to supplement—not replace—any state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations with which Halloween gatherings must comply.
Celebrating virtually or with members of your own household pose a low risk for spread. In-person gatherings pose varying levels of risk. Event organizers and attendees should consider the risk of virus spread based on event size and use of mitigation strategies. There are several factors that contribute to the risk of getting infected or infecting others with the virus that causes COVID-19 at a holiday celebration. In combination, these factors will create various amounts of risk, so it is important to consider them individually and together:
Do not host or participate in any in-person festivities, if you or anyone in your household
If you are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, or live or work with someone at increased risk of severe illness, you should
Many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses. There are several safer, alternative ways to participate in Halloween. If you may have COVID-19 or you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should not participate in in-person Halloween festivities and should not give out candy to trick-or-treaters.
These lower-risk activities can be safe alternatives:
Avoid these higher-risk activities to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19:
If you have any further questions, please contact the CDC at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus