How to Have a Safe Halloween Celebration in the time of COVID-19

Covid-19 has presented us with a new normal for the time being, at least. You may be wondering about Halloween and how to celebrate it safely during this unusual time. First of all, keep in mind that there are Halloween activities that are more likely to result in the spreading of COVID, but that there are safer alternatives. Of course, if you do have Covid-19 or may have been exposed, ensure that you do not give out candy to trick-or-treaters.

Level of Risk for Different Halloween Activities

According to the CDC, some of the higher risk Halloween activities may include traditional trick-or-treating where candy is handed out to children, attending crowded Halloween costume parties that are held indoors, and going to an indoor haunted house that may be crowded. Moderate risk activities may include:

  • going to an open-air haunted forest where the use of masks is enforced and people can maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet.
  • Lower risk activities include carving pumpkins with members of your own household, having a virtual Halloween costume contest, decorating your home, or having a Halloween movie night with the people that you live with.
  • When considering all of these activities, the CDC advises that you do not use a Halloween costume mask in place of cloth masks (unless that Halloween costume mask is made of 2 or more layers of breathable fabric that covers your mouth and nose and doesn’t leave gaps around your face.

Halloween Activities in Mississippi

If you’re looking for events that are happening around Mississippi to celebrate Halloween, this is a good site to visit: It has a list of pumpkin patches, corn mazes, haunted trails, etc. You are sure to find something fun to do!

Here’s another link to events that are happening on the Mississippi gulf coast: This site has a list of Halloween parties that are happening at various places.

However, if you are interested in staying at home and celebrating there, check out this site: Trick-or-Treating Alternatives.

Final Thoughts on Halloween During the Time of COVID

As always, do what you are comfortable with and follow the CDC’s advice on staying safe during this time of COVID. Despite our “new normal,” we can still celebrate and have fun!



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Written by Tamra Cater

I am married, and I also have a 4-year-old daughter. I earned my Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi, and I have been teaching psychology classes over the past 10 years. As a professor and as a parent, I grew to love learning anything about child development. I recently turned that into a passion for helping other parents by starting my own blog at


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