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Halloween 2020: sweets or coronavirus? Assess your risk!

Halloween is celebrated in many places on October 31st. Many traditional Halloween activities, however, pose too high a risk for the spread of coronavirus or influenza. Going from door to door and making contact with many people one after the other, for example, is a problem this year. But Halloween 2020 is not officially canceled because, beyond the Corona rules that apply to individual federal states, there are no actual bans on this. So everyone is now responsible for assessing the risk of infection and designing Halloween differently during Corona times.

Lower risk activities for Halloween 2020

Brother and sister decorate pumpkins for Halloween

No Halloween fun this year? Indeed. There are several safer, alternative ways to celebrate Halloween without exposing yourself and others to a high risk of corona. Here are some of them:

  • Pumpkins carve or decorate with members of your household and display in front of your house entrance
  • Pumpkins Carve or decorate outside at a safe distance of 1.5 meters with neighbors or friends
  • Make Halloween decorations yourself and decorate your house or apartment inside or outside
  • One Halloween scavenger hunt organize for your children – an exciting journey of discovery through your own residential area or the city’s park
  • Going from house to house and the Admire each other’s Halloween decorations from afar
  • A Halloween costume contest via Zoom organize
  • A Halloween movie night Organize with people you live with (The new horror comedy “Hubie Halloween” starring Adam Sandler is currently very popular on Netflix.)
  • Wrap Halloween candy creatively and prepare a candy station in front of the house for self-service. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after preparing the bags.

If you have COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, you should not participate in Halloween activities or hand out candy.

Moderate risk activities

Organize costume parades for children at a distance

  • A small Outdoor costume parade organize so everyone can show off their costume. Everyone must wear a face mask and also keep a distance of more than 1.5 meters from others. (With regard to the number of participants, you should read the current corona rules in your state.)
  • At a Outdoor costume party participate in which everyone wears a face mask and also keep a distance of more than 1.5 meters from others.
  • A Trail through a Haunted forest experience. Everyone must wear a face mask and also keep a distance of more than 1.5 meters from others. (Note that even when you scream loudly, virus particles are emitted. In such cases, an even greater distance is recommended.)
  • One Pumpkin exhibition visit in your county. It is recommended to wear a mask and to adhere to the rules of distance and hygiene.
  • A Halloween movie night outdoors organize with family friends or neighbors. The chairs should be at least one meter apart. The greater the distance, the lower the risk of virus transmission.

Activities with higher risk

Halloween 2020 has to be designed differently

Avoid these higher risk activities to prevent the spread of the coronavirus:

  • A traditional Halloween parade where children go from door to door and get sweets for free.
  • At Costume parties with lots of people participate indoors
  • Visit an amusement park and go into a haunted house where groups of people are huddled together and screaming
  • Consume alcohol or drugs, which can cloud judgment and increase risk-taking behavior
  • Go to a rural autumn festival, that does not take place in your state. Especially if your state has higher numbers of infections.

Halloween 2020 is canceled due to Corona