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We are all sad that Boo Bash and other large-scale Halloween events aren’t happening this year. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have any Halloween fun! The Washington State Department of Health has offered tips for planning a safer Halloween.

Among their recommended activities:
  • Have a scavenger hunt at home. Dress up and hide candy or other treats throughout the house or around the yard.
  • Host an online costume or pumpkin carving contest.
  • Have a Halloween movie marathon with household members.
  • If you do go trick-or-treating:

  • Stick with members of your household and keep at least 6 feet of distance from any non-household members.
  • Wear a cloth face covering or mask if older than age 2. Make sure the mask is snug around your nose and mouth and does not have holes. A plastic costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth face covering.
  • Wash your hands before and after trick-or-treating.
  • Bring plenty of hand sanitizer.
  • If you give out treats:
  • Limit candy to individually wrapped treat bags. This reduces the number of people who would typically touch items in a communal bowl.
  • If possible, place treats on a table in your driveway or yard to avoid crowds at your front door. To see trick-or-treaters, sit in a chair in your driveway, garage, yard, or porch and maintain at least 6 feet of distance from the treat table.
  • Place a few mini pumpkins or other decorations 6 feet apart to signal a line and keep trick-or-treaters distanced while waiting for treats.
  • Among their discouraged activities:
  • Halloween gatherings, events, or parties with non-household members that violate the gathering limitations outlined in Governor Inslee’s Safe Start Plan. Learn more about the gathering limits for each phase.
  • Traditional trick or treating (handing candy to kids who knock on your door) and large groups of trick-or-treaters.
  • Trunk-or-treat gatherings with multiple households that facilitate crowding around treats and violate the gathering limitations outlined in Governor Inslee’s Safe Start Plan.
  • Indoor haunted houses are not permitted. Haunted houses must be designed as a no-touch outdoor activity with a one-way path. See Governor Inslee’s Phase 2 and 3 agritourism requirements.
  • Indoor trick-or-treating activities, such as those organized in malls or similar venues.
  • For more information: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/coronavirus/HalloweenTips.pdf
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