As with all celebrations during the COVID-19 pandemic, Halloween brings its own challenges. Traditional Halloween celebrations can be high-risk or super-spreader events for the virus as they often involve crowds, close contact between individuals, and activities in enclosed spaces. It is important to plan early and identify safer alternatives.
If you are participating in giving out treats on Halloween this year, please print out and visibly display the Green Light "Trick-or-Treaters Welcome!" Poster (PDF).
NJ Department of Health
The NJ Department of Health has provided us with Halloween Celebration Guidance (PDF).
This document provides guidelines, recommendations, and reminders to help celebrate safely during COVID-19.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The CDC has also released guidelines that are more strict.
The CDC's guidelines are divided into lower-, moderate- and higher-risk activities. The CDC says:
- No trick-or-treating
- No costume masks
- No indoor costume parties
- No haunted houses
Recommended lower-risk activities include:
- Carving or decorating pumpkins with household members -- or outdoors with neighbors or friends (maintaining a distance of 6 feet between household groups)
- Halloween scavenger hunt where children can admire decorated homes from a distance
- Virtual costume contest
- Halloween movie night with household members
- A "trick-or-treat"-style scavenger hunt in and around your home with household members
Healthy & Safe
When considering how to celebrate Halloween during COVID-19, all are reminded that we are still in the midst of a global pandemic.
Individuals and families will have different levels of comfort with different types of interactions and activities.
Remember that Halloween face masks will not stop the spread of COVID-19; those in costume should always use a cloth mask either in addition to or instead of a face mask.
Children who are allowed to trick-or-treat may find many houses are not participating this year.
The Township has provided posters that families can download, print, and hang in the window or on the door to indicate whether or not they are participating in trick-or-treating:
Parents, too, are reminded to be respectful of those houses not choosing to participate in trick-or-treating.
Please remind children not to approach homes that are not clearly participating in Halloween festivities. A house may have its lights off, blinds closed, and/or perhaps a barrier of some type near the door access.
- Be respectful of those who choose not to take part.
- Don't knock or ring at any house that does not show signs of participating, such as having lights on or a door open.
Remember: Although you and your children may be healthy and well, others may be infected with the virus and under quarantine, may have underlying conditions, or may have someone in their home who is immunocompromised.