Better safe than sick: Virginia health officials share ideas for low-risk Halloween activities


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(WFXR) — If the coronavirus pandemic scares you more than ghosts, goblins, and the other monsters that come out to play on Halloween, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has a few suggestions for safe ways to celebrate the holiday with friends and family.

The VDH says the following activities post a lower risk of spreading COVID-19:

  • Decorating pumpkins outside with family members and/or neighbors
  • Visiting an orchard or a pumpkin patch
  • Watching a scary movie at home
  • Hosting a virtual costume contest
  • Decorating Halloween cookies

However, if you have any coronavirus symptoms, have tested positive for the virus in the past 10 days, or have been in contact with someone who has the virus in the past 10 days, health officials urge you to stay home and stay away from others.

If you are self-isolating because of COVID-19 concerns, you are asked not to participate in trick-or-treating. Instead, look for remote ways to enjoy Halloween.

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