The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends against door-to-door trick-or-treating this year, calling it a “higher-risk” activity due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services includes house-to-house trick-or-treating in a list of activities to avoid this year, along with large outdoor gatherings and indoor parties.
Some local health departments have followed suit.
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For example, “The North Shore Health Department recommends that communities not schedule village or city-wide trick-or-treat events this year to avoid large gatherings of children and families.”
Many neighborhoods that usually hold massive trick-or-treat gatherings have canceled this year, and some localities, including Milwaukee and Shorewood, have decided not to schedule community trick-or-treat times.
Health officials recommend safer pandemic-era celebrations this year such as:
- virtual costume contests
- scary movie-watching with Halloween snacks within individual