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Safe Fun for Halloween and Día de los Muertos

Trowbridge Pumpkin DisplayChildren and adults love Halloween and Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), and during the pandemic, families and schools can celebrate safely. Trowbridge Street School of Great Lakes Studies hosted its annual fall festival with new activities to allow social distancing. The school provided pumpkins for families to carve, then the pumpkins were brought together to create an amazing display in front of the school. More than 80 pumpkins made up the spooky scene.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers ideas and guidelines for safe activities. Individuals who have COVID-19 or who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 should not participate in in-person festivities and should not give out candy to trick-or-treaters.

Safe Activities Suggested by the CDC

  • Carve or decorate pumpkins or sugar skulls with members of your household
  • Carve or decorate pumpkins outside, at a safe distance, with neighbors or friends
  • Decorate your house, apartment, or living space
  • Host a Halloween scavenger hunt. Participants can receive a list of Halloween-themed items and search for them outdoors while viewing neighborhood decorations
  • Host a virtual costume contest
  • Host a Halloween movie night with your household

For more ideas and to understand the safety levels of various activities, visit the CDC Holiday Celebrations web page.


Earl Arms, Media Relations Manager

Shahree Douglas, Director Communications & Outreach

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