The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a list of guidelines for upcoming holidays including Halloween, and traditional trick-or-treating is highly discouraged.

With Halloween just over a month away, the CDC has issued a list of guidelines for the upcoming holiday, including a list of Lower-, Moderate- and Higher-risk activities.

"Many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses," says the CDC. Instead, they recommend finding safer, alternative ways to participate in the yearly festivities of goblins and ghouls.

Included on the list of Higher Risk Activities are:

  • Traditional trick-or-treating
  • Trunk or treat events
  • Indoor costume parties
  • Indoor haunted houses
  • Hayride or tractor rides

Moderate Risk Activities include:

  • One-way trick-or-treating
  • Small group or outdoor parties with people distanced six feet or more apart
  • One-way, outdoor walk-thru haunted forest
  • Pumpkin patches and apple orchards where people use hand sanitizer and appropriate face masks
  • Outdoor family movie nights

Low Risk Activities suggested by the CDC include:

  • Carving or decorating pumpkins with family
  • Carving or decorating pumpkins outdoors with neighbors or friends
  • Decorating your house, apartment or living space
  • A Halloween scavenger hunt
  • A virtual Halloween contest

If you do participate in Halloween by dressing up this year, a costume mask is not a suitable replacement for a cloth mask, says the CDC. Furthermore, a cloth mask should not be used in addition to a costume mask as it may make breathing more difficult. Instead, the CDC recommends using a Halloween-themed cloth mask. Find the CDC's full list of guidelines regarding Halloween and other upcoming holidays here.

What do you think -- is Trick-or-Treating really a high-risk Halloween activity?

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