Delaware Public Health Officials Issue Pandemic Halloween Guidance

The Delaware Division of Public Health has released guidance for Delawareans to “safely participate” in festivities, including Halloween activities in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Officials say activities that can be done at home with members of your household pose less risk. This activities include:

• Pumpkin carving and decorating your home.
• Hosting a virtual costume contest, Halloween get-together or drive-by decoration viewing with friends and neighbors.
• Having a Halloween movie marathon.
• Having a scavenger hunt (think Easter Egg hunt) in and around your home rather than going house to house.

DPH officials say traditional trick-or-treating poses an additional risk and that Delawareans should make modifications to their trick-or-treating plans. Those include the following:

• Wear cloth face coverings at all times. (Hint: Most Halloween masks are NOT protective enough to be considered face coverings.)

• Provide treats without direct contact. For example, you could place individual treat portions on your porch and interact with treaters from at least 6 feet away with everyone wearing a face covering or through a window. Make sure to sanitize your hands between treat handling.

• Host open-air, socially distant gatherings. Don’t bob for apples.

• Find a farm where you can pick-your-own pumpkins or apples. Be sure to frequently sanitize, wear a face covering, and maintain 6-feet social distancing from individuals who don’t reside in your own household. If you visit a farm, store or stand, make sure it is one that is requiring everyone kindergarten age and up to wear face coverings and is taking other steps to keep people socially distanced and safe.

• Attend trunk-or-treat events with proper social distancing and face covering requirements in place along with other precautions. Larger events (more than 250 people) must have a DPH-approved plan (plans may be submitted to [email protected]).