Given the recent surge driven by the delta variant, it’s understandable to feel a little spooked about Halloween this year. It’s also understandable to want to dress up for a party or stock up on candy for all the trick-or-treaters you may not have seen last year.
Thanks to the COVID-19 vaccine, there’s some good news: by observing a few precautions, both trick-or-treating and costume parties can be enjoyed safely this year.
Get your trick-or-treat on! Trick-or-treating is a fairly safe activity since it takes place almost entirely outside and most people are vaccinated. But COVID-19 is still lurking among us, and there’s still a small chance of catching or spreading COVID-19, even if you’re vaccinated. Take these steps to limit the possibility of COVID-19 transmission:
Due to the likelihood of prolonged close contact, Halloween parties are not as safe as trick-or-treating, especially if they’re held indoors. If you’re planning on hosting or attending a Halloween party, follow these tips to minimize the possibility of spreading COVID-19:
If you’re hosting an indoor event with unvaccinated* people in attendance:
*You’re considered unvaccinated if you haven’t completed your vaccination series - so “partially” vaccinated people are considered “unvaccinated” in this guidance. If you’ve gotten one shot but you need two, or if you’ve gotten all the shots you need but it’s been less than two weeks since your last shot, you should consider yourself unvaccinated until it’s been two weeks after you’ve gotten the last shot in your series.