Planning to celebrate Halloween with your family this year? Before you grab a candy bag, be sure to check out this helpful guidance from the DC Department of Health.
Low Risk Activities
- Decorate your house and yard in a Halloween theme. Have neighborhood drive-through events where families can stay in their cars and view.
- Carve pumpkins with your household and display the pumpkins outdoors.
- Decorate your apartment or living space for Halloween.
- Have a “Trick-or-Treat Candy Hunt” with members of your own household.
- Have an online costume party, costume contest or pumpkin carving via video chat.
- Post your best Family Costume on social media using and compete with your friends for the most likes.
Medium Risk Activities
- Participate in one-way trick or treating where individually packaged treat bags are lined up at edge of a yard or for children to grab- and- go one at a time.
- Hold a small group outdoor costume parade and/or contest with social distancing and face
- Create an open-air, one-way walk-through outdoor Haunted Forest with social distancing. Greater social distancing is necessary if screaming is anticipated.
- Visit pumpkin patches or orchards with social distancing.
- Hold an outdoor small group Halloween movie night with social distancing.
- Participate in or create other events that are held outdoors and allow attendees to stay in their cars or socially distanced.
High Risk Activities
- Traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating.
- Trunk-or-treating” where children take candy from trunks of cars in large parking lots.
- Taking candy from communal candy bowls.
- Going on hayrides with people not from your household.
- Going to indoor Haunted Houses.
- Bobbing for apples.
For a detailed list of guidance and recommendations, be sure to check out this helpful guidance from the DC Department of Health.