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Celebrating Halloween During COVID-19

Most things have looked a little different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it looks like Halloween will be the same. Find out what’s going on around Greenville, South Carolina, and review the guidelines for how to celebrate safely.

 

From fall festivals, to haunted houses, to trick-or-treating, there are plenty of options to celebrate Halloween in the Upstate—even in the midst of COVID-19.

For a full list of what’s going on, I highly recommend that you check out Kidding Around Greenville’s Halloween Guide.

One local favorite event with kids is Boo in the Zoo at Greenville Zoo. Find out more here.

You can also take your little ones trick-or-treating at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate. Find out more.

Please keep in mind that face masks are required for many of these events. The CDC notes that a costume mask (such as for Halloween) is not a substitute for a cloth mask. Additionally, it is not recommended to wear a costume mask over a protective cloth mask, because it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe. Instead, try to incorporate a cloth mask as part of the costume.

For those who feel nervous about the more high-risk activities for celebrating Halloween, the CDC has released suggestions of several safer, alternative ways to celebrate Halloween.

Lower-risk alternatives include:

  • Carving or decorating pumpkins outside, at a safe distance, with neighbors or friends
  • Decorating your house, apartment, or living space
  • Doing a Halloween scavenger hunt where children are given lists of Halloween-themed things to look for while they walk outdoors from house to house admiring Halloween decorations at a distance
  • Having a Halloween movie night with people in your household
  • Having a scavenger candy search with your household members in or around your home instead of going trick-or-treating house to house

Moderate-risk activities include:

  • Participating in one-way trick-or-treating where individually wrapped goodie bags are lined up for families to grab and go while continuing to social distance
  • Having a costume party held outdoors with protective masks, where people can remain more than 6 feet apart
  • Going to an open-air, one-way, walk-through haunted forest where appropriate mask use is enforced, and people can remain more than 6 feet apart
  • Having an outdoor Halloween movie night with local family friends with people spaced at least 6 feet apart

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html#halloween 

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