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October 26
Here’s the Trick to a Happy (and Safe) Halloween

This Halloween, it’s not scary skeletons, creepy clowns or gruesome goblins that pose a threat — it’s COVID-19.

When things get festive, it can be tempting to let down your guard. That’s exactly why the Wake County Public Health Division urges residents to continue to follow safety guidelines to slow the spread of the virus, especially when you celebrate with friends and family.

“Halloween doesn’t have to be canceled completely this year, but it is critical that we stay vigilant and follow the three Ws,” said Dr. Nicole Mushonga, associate medical director and Epidemiology Program director for Wake County. “We encourage you to look for new, safer ways to celebrate this year. You might even end up creating a new Halloween tradition.”

Instead of traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating or trunk-or-treating, which are considered high-risk activities, residents are encouraged to try out some alternatives.

Here are a few safer options:

  • Check out one of the many spooktacular programs and events from Wake County Public Libraries.

  • If Wake County Animal Center alumni are part of your family, dress them up and share your photos with the Animal Center on social media (@wakegovpets on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook).

  • Check out the fall foliage and take your costume for a test drive at one of our Wake County parks or preserves (during regular hours)! Find the yellow #ParkPicks sign, and you’ll have the perfect backdrop for a family photo. Photo permits are required for any professional shoots.
  • Carve or decorate pumpkins outside, at a safe distance, with neighbors or friends. P.S. When you’re finished with those jack-o-lanterns, we’ll compost them for you!

  • Do a family Halloween scavenger hunt in the neighborhood while you check out the decorations.

  • Have a virtual Halloween costume contest.

  • Watch a scary movie at home.

  • Fill plastic eggs with candy or just hide your Halloween treats around the house or in the yard for your kids to find, like an Easter Egg hunt. Instead of going door-to-door in the neighborhood, go door-to-door in your house!

Local municipalities may have their own rules when it comes to Halloween activities. Residents should check with their city or town for details.   More information on how to lessen your risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19 on Halloween and other upcoming holidays can be found here.


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