House-to-house trick-or-treating ‘is not recommended’
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is recommending against traditional trick-or-treat this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Going house-to-house and having in-person contact is not recommended,” according to the department’s “COVID-19 Staying safe in your community” webpage.
If individual communities decide to schedule traditional trick-or-treating times, DHS suggests that a safer way to host trick-or-treaters is to leave individual treat bags on the porch for kids to pick up, and to watch and wave from inside the house.
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“Even though being outside decreases the risk, being in close contact with people you don’t live with increases the risk of spreading and contracting COVID-19,” the department’s guidance says.
In a year that has seen event after event canceled as a result of the pandemic, many parents (and kids) have been holding out hope for a traditional Halloween, especially with trick-or-treating being held outdoors.
Some Wisconsin communities have scheduled trick-or-treat times as usual, with suggestions for health precautions. Many others, including the City of Milwaukee, have said they’re conferring with local health departments before making a decision.
At least one community in Wisconsin, Antigo, has already canceled.
In addition to trick-or-treat, DHS is also recommending that people avoid:
- large outdoor gatherings such as parties, festivals and parades
- indoor parties and celebrations
- happy hours or socializing at bars
The health department’s suggestions for safe Halloween celebrations include virtual costume contests, treat-baking within families, at-home or online scary movie watching and drive-through haunted houses.
This article originally appeared on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin Department of Health Services: House-to-house trick-or-treating ‘is not recommended’