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Halloween should be spooky, not scary!

New York State asks for your help to make sure everyone has a healthy and safe Halloween. Halloween celebrations and activities, including trick-or-treating, can be filled with fun, but must be done in a safe way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The best way to celebrate Halloween this year is to have fun with the people who live in your household. Decorating your house or apartment, decorating and carving pumpkins, playing Halloween-themed games, watching spooky movies, and trick-or-treating through your house or in a backyard scavenger hunt are all fun and healthy ways to celebrate during this time.

Creative ways to celebrate more safely include:

• Organize a virtual Halloween costume party with costumes and games.

• Have a neighborhood car parade or vehicle caravan where families show off their costumes while staying socially distanced and remaining in their cars.

• In cities or apartment buildings, communities can come together to trick-or-treat around the block or other outdoor spaces so kids and families aren't tempted to trick-or-treat inside —building residents & businesses can contribute treats that are individually wrapped and placed on a table(s) outside of the front door of the building, or in the other outdoor space for grab and go trick-or-treating.

• Make this year even more special and consider non-candy Halloween treats that your trick-or-treaters will love, such as spooky or glittery stickers, magnets, temporary tattoos, pencils/ erasers, bookmarks, glow sticks, or mini notepads.

• Create a home or neighborhood scavenger hunt where parents or guardians give their kids candy when they find each "clue." • Go all out to decorate your house this year — have a neighborhood contest for the best decorated house.

• Carve and decorate pumpkins at home — try some new creative ideas and have a family contests

• Play Halloween-themed games with members of your household. • Watch spooky movies.

• Trick-or-treat room to room in your home.

If you feel your family can’t wait until next year for the more traditional Halloween activities, and you are planning to celebrate outside your home this year, make sure you follow these simple Do’s and Don’ts from the NY State Department of Health to help keep your family and your community safe and healthy.

 

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