Halloween is going to look different this year. In more ways than one. Northlanders told me what they are going to do this year.

Everyone on the survey said, they were taking their kids out, and/or handing out treats to kids that come knocking on their door.

When I have been asking people in public, (because I hang around the Halloween Candy isle in the store), they said they were going to wear a mask to the door and hand out candy. Some said they would sit outside and hand out candy with a mask on.

So, should kids go trick or treating, should people hand out candy, what should families do on Halloween? The CDC says to follow the same rules they laid out before. Wear a mask, wash your hands, social distance. There is more than that. The CDC said going door to door trick or treating is a high-risk activity. This is where Halloween looks different.

This is what the CDC says is the High-Risk Activities:

  • Participating in traditional trick-or-treating where treats are handed to children who go door to door
  • Having trunk-or-treat where treats are handed out from trunks of cars lined up in large parking lots
  • Attending crowded costume parties held indoors
  • Going to an indoor haunted house where people may be crowded together and screaming
  • Going on hayrides or tractor rides with people who are not in your household
  • Using alcohol or drugs, which can cloud judgment and increase risky behaviors
  • Traveling to a rural fall festival that is not in your community if you live in an area with community spread of COVID-19

One thing to keep in mind is in some towns trick or treating has already been banned. Parents.com says to check with health officials before doing anything. Most people have told me they are going to make Halloween happen by following all the guidelines laid out by the state and practice safe distancing, having hand sanitizer near, and wearing a mask.

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Some parents told me they will not let their kids touch the candy for 24 hours but will have candy ready so they have something to eat and make the night fun. Some parents said they are taking their kids out but keeping the area limited.

What are you doing for Halloween?

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