MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Halloween is right around the corner in the midst of the COVID pandemic. That has the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discouraging traditional trick-or-treating this year.

According to the CDC guidance, many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading the coronavirus.

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The CDC ranked some popular Halloween activities from low to high risk, which are as follows:


  • Carving and decorating pumpkins with members of your household
  • Carving and decorating pumpkins outside with friends and neighbors (socially distanced)
  • Virtual Halloween costume contest
  • Halloween movie night with members of your household
  • Decorating your home


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  • Lining up individually wrapped candy bags at the end of your driveway for trick-or-treaters to grab
  • Visiting a pumpkin patch or orchard with sanitizing and social distancing rules in place
  • Outdoor costume parties where people wear protective masks and stay more than 6 feet apart (a costume mask is not a substitute for a protective cloth mask)


  • Traditional trick-or-treating
  • Crowded indoor costume parties
  • Indoor haunted houses
  • Hayrides or tractor rides with people you don’t live with

For a list of more activities and guidance about other upcoming holidays visit the CDC’s holidays webpage.

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The CDC said to check and follow your local and state rules and regulations, and do not participate in any festivities if you have COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who does.