Holidays and COVID-19

Holidays and COVID-19

As you plan for fall and winter holiday celebrations, see the following considerations for several upcoming holidays to help protect individuals, your families, your friends, and our community from COVID-19. 

When planning to host a holiday celebration, you should assess current COVID-19 levels to determine whether to postpone, cancel, or limit the number of attendees.


More Guidance from Lead Public Health Agencies

  1. Halloween
  2. Día de los Muertos
  3. Thanksgiving

Low Risk Activities

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These lower risk activities can be safe alternatives:

  • Activities with members of your household
    • Carving/decorating pumpkins
    • Movie night
    • Trying Pinterest Halloween crafts, baking or cooking
    • Decorating!
    • Halloween scavenger hunts
    • Halloween Piñata
  • Virtual Activities
    • Halloween costume contest
    • Halloween scavenger hunts
    • Watch parties

Moderate Risk Activities

  • Small group activities that can be done outside where physical distance can be maintained and face coverings worn
    • Costume parade
    • Carving/decorating pumpkins
    • Outdoor movie night
  • Open-air Halloween/fall attractions where appropriate face covering use is enforced and people can remain more than 6 feet apart
    • Walk-through haunted forest
    • Pumpkin patches or orchards
    • Walking tour of decorated houses
  • One-way trick-or-treating
    • Individually wrapped goodie bags are lined up for families to grab and go while continuing to physically distance such as at the end of a driveway or at the edge of a yard
    • If you are preparing goodie bags, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before preparing the bags

High Risk Activities

Avoid these higher risk activities to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19:

  • Traditional trick-or-treating or trunk-or-treat
    • Treats are handed to children who go door-to-door
    • Treats are handed out from trunks of cars lined up in parking lots
  • Indoor group activities
    • Costume parties where face coverings are worn and the number of people is limited
    • Haunted houses where face coverings are worn and physical distancing is maintained
  • Outdoor Activities where physical distance cannot be maintained
    • Hayrides or tractor rides with people who are not in your household where face coverings are worn