The Center for Disease Center has just released this risk factors for Halloween trick-or-treating this year, and it doesn't look good.

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I knew this was coming eventually, the CDC has released their recommendations for Halloween this year. And like everything else, they suggest not doing the traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating, which totally stinks. However, they did give some suggestions on what families and friends can do this Halloween.

Considered a low-risk factor this Halloween, the CDC recommends:

  • Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household
  • If you want to carve with friends, do it outside where you can practice social distancing
  • Have fun with decorating your house, make it feel festive as much as you can
  • Get a group of friends together for a virtual Halloween costume contest (I know it’s not the same, but as least you can dress up and have some fun. I think this would be fun for the kids)

Now with low-risk recommendations, there are of course high-risk, and the CDC is highly recommending to avoid door-to-door trick-or-treating to avoid the spread of COVID-19. Here are some other high-risk recommendations:

  • Avoid trunk-or-treat events where candy is handed out
  • Do not attend costume parties where large people are gathered
  • Avoid hayrides or tractor pulls where social distancing cannot be practiced
  • Traveling to fall festivals where large gatherings take place

Look, this totally sucks, I get it. And as a parent I am not sure how I am going to explain to my girls that they probably won't be going trick-or-treating this year. There are still a few fun things that can be done, and if you are really good with DIY projects you can always make this candy slide so kids can have a little trick-or-treating this year, and can do it safely.