It's the most wonderful time of the year - SPOOKY SEASON! I love everything about this time of year (except pumpkin spice, forget that). I have been patiently waiting to celebrate Halloween - it's on a Saturday this year, dontcha know? But, alas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is against us celebrating like we did in the olden days, pre-COVID.

At this point in the pandemic, it is no big shocker that fun and festivities are either modified or cancelled. So, of course, All Hallows' Eve will be no different. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention helped up celebrate the first days of fall by dropping some holiday guidelines to avoid a "High Risk Halloween" this year. So, what's the scoop?

While you can get a full list of precautionary practices from the CDC's website, I will give you a little overview. The "risk factors" for Halloween activities are broken into three categories - LOWER Risk, MODERATE Risk, and HIGHER Risk. 

Lower Risk Activities

  • Activities such as pumpkin carving, holiday home decorating, at-home scavenger hunts, and Halloween movies with the people you live with are all considered "lower risk."

Moderate Risk Activities

  • Activities such as small outdoor parties, pumpkin patches, haunted forests, open-air parades, and no-contact trick-or-treating are all considered "moderate risk."

High Risk Activities

  • Activities such as traditional trick-or-treating, trunk-or-treating, Halloween parties held indoors, indoor haunted houses, and even using alcohol or drugs (since they can "cloud judgement and increase risky behaviors") are all considered "high risk."

Get all of the details about the CDC's recommendations here.

I mean, at least we can still do a lot of activities (while social distancing) for Halloween in North Dakota. So, maybe it won't seem so different this year. How do you feel about the CDC's recommendations for Halloween 2020?