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The changing leaves and the snap in the air are sure signs that Halloween is approaching. Although the coronavirus pandemic is ongoing, there are still ways to enjoy the season.

Remember, the best way to reduce risk is to stay at home with your household members. If you do venture outside your “bubble,” take the proper precautions.

These tips from the Delaware Division of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can help reduce your risk of COVID-19:

Try these five ghoulishly good Halloween recipes.

For healthy haunting, remember:

  • Wear a face covering — a Halloween mask is no substitute.
  • Do not wear a Halloween mask over a face covering because the combination can make it hard to breathe. Consider buying a Halloween-themed face covering.
  • Stay physically distant from others.
  • Wash your hands.
  • Avoid large groups.

Low-risk activities

  • Carving and decorating pumpkins with family or, at a safe distance, with friends.
  • Holding a virtual costume contest via Zoom or by posting photos to a social media page.
  • Renting age-appropriate spooky movies for a monster watch-a-thon.
  • Organizing a scary scavenger hunt by hiding candy around the house for kids to find.
  • Making an at-home haunted house with creepy décor.
  • Making ghoulishly good recipes to enjoy at home.

Moderate-risk activities

  • Visiting farm stands and orchards that require face coverings and social distancing and provide sanitizer.
  • Wrapping portioned treats and placing them at least 6 feet away from you for families to grab. (Sanitize your hands before and after touching the packages.)
  • Attending open-air, socially distant gatherings where people can easily stay 6 feet apart. (At a fright fest, where screaming is expected, increase the distance — the farther apart you are, the lower the risk.)

High-risk activities

  • Going traditional trick-or-treating door to door.
  • Attending indoor parties with people outside your household.
  • Going on hayrides with strangers or people outside your household.
  • Visiting indoor “haunted” attractions. Outdoor venues should follow safety guidelines.
  • Using drugs or drinking alcohol, which can lead to risky behaviors.

Individuals who’ve tested positive for COVID-19 or have recently been exposed to someone with the virus should not participate in in-person activities.

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