The whimsy and escapism of Halloween would be the perfect reprieve from a grim year—were it not for all the crowds and communal cauldrons of candy, The Economist reports.
This year, some homes are trading elaborate ghoul displays for something even scarier: signs on undecorated homes telling trick-or-treaters to come back next year. Others are innovating with candy chutes.
The CDC has labeled trick-or-treating a high-risk activity, and some experts warn that if revelers aren’t careful, a Halloween-related spike in COVID-19 cases could come by November 15, Honolulu Civic Beat reports.
But there are ways to have fun safely—and the CDC has some tips, including:
- A costume mask doesn’t replace a cloth mask
- Stay 6 feet apart
- Set up a station with wrapped bags of treats
- Consider alternative activities like pumpkin carving or scavenger hunts