Halloween Safety Tips: 5 CDC-Approved Ways to Celebrate This Year

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Let’s be real: This probably isn’t going to be anyone’s all-time-favorite Halloween. Crowded house parties, normal trick-or-treating, the West Village parade, and scores of other favorite spooky pastimes are off-limits due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that doesn’t mean October 31 has to be a total bust. (And honestly, does a night of drinking heavily and eating Twizzlers while dressed as a loaf of banana bread even sound that appealing?)

Maybe we’ve been given an opportunity to get particularly inventive with our Halloween celebrations; the Centers for Disease Control recently released a guide to celebrating the holiday safely, and if you keep them in mind when planning activities, you might end up looking back fondly on Halloween 2020 as a night when you had fun and avoided getting sick.

1. Get weirdly obsessed with pumpkin carving. There are all manner of YouTube how-to videos that are sure to entrance everyone from kids to craft-prone adults, and it can feel bizarrely satisfying to accurately render a cat or witch’s face in pumpkin form.

2. Host a small, outdoor costume party. The CDC terms this activity “moderate risk,” assuming you’re wearing masks and keeping people six feet apart, and it’s a good way to satisfy the urge to get people you love together on Halloween without risking a crowded party. (When in doubt, avoid communal food—not only for COVID-19 reasons, but because you’re unlikely to be glad you reached for the last grody Frito in the bowl.)

3. Hit up a pumpkin patch. This activity is deemed a moderate risk as well, so all the usual mask/distancing/hand-sanitizing rules apply, but the bigger the patch, the safer it is to spend time there. Pro tip: If you can swing it, go on a weekday, when it’s likely to be less crowded. Just pretend you’re your favorite celebrity out for a seasonally thematic paparazzi stunt!

4. Stream every horror movie ever made. The good ones, anyway.

5. Get every variety of pumpkin-flavored item available at your local grocery store. Make them all at once and eat them while watching It Follows; the combination of fear and pumpkin-sweetener-induced nausea will more than satisfy your urge for all things Halloween.

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