Halloween Tips

Celebrate safely this Halloween! Wear a mask, watch your distance, and wash your hands.
  • Avoid indoor gatherings 
  • Avoid crowded outdoor gatherings 
  • A costume mask (such as for Halloween) is not a substitute for a cloth mask unless it is made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers the mouth and nose and doesn’t leave gaps around the face. 
  • Do not wear a costume mask over a protective cloth mask because it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe. Instead, consider using a Halloween-themed cloth mask. 
  • Stay home if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, if you are waiting for COVID-19 test results or may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. 
  • Consider not participating in in-person activities if your child or others in your home have an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Printable signs:

Halloween-themed printable coloring pages

Organizations and neighborhoods
Trick-or-treating
Passing out candy
More Halloween guidance from the CDC
image shows two purple-colored pumpkins

We are encouraging all neighborhood members who plan to offer contactless trick-or-treating to decorate using the color purple

A few ways to incorporate the color purple into your outdoor halloween décor are below: 

  • Paint a collection of pumpkins purple and set them near the curb to catch the attention of those driving by
  • Buy a purple-tinted light bulb to use as a porch light on Halloween night
  • Line your driveway with your own purple mason jar Halloween lanterns
  • Throw together a bunch of these cute coffee filter bats to hang from tree limbs or around your front door, intermix with purple streamer
  • If you have posts or columns on the front of your house, transform them into monsters using purple streamer and construction paper eyes.
  • Cover your front door with a spooky purple theme
Organizations and neighborhoods

Guidance for Organizations & Neighborhoods: 

  • Avoid indoor gatherings
  • Limit outdoor gatherings
  • Stay home if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, if you are waiting for COVID-19 test results or may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
  • Consider not participating in in-person activities if your child or others in your home have an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. 
  • Trick-or-Treating
    • Consider a longer event and limited participation to allow for appropriate physical distancing throughout.
    • Consider implementing “Under 5 Before 5” to allow families with young children to attend events earlier in the day. 
    • Encourage contactless trick-or-treating 
  • Trunk-or-Treating Events
    • Trunk-or-treating events should require spacing between vehicles (at least one empty parking space) and families/households (at least six feet)
    • Entrances should be monitored to ensure groups are properly spaced
    • Groups should be limited to family units/households only
    • Face masks should be required (even for outdoor events) for all attendees
      • The current ordinance requires masks for anyone twelve and older, and highly encourages masks for those 3-11
    • Require attendees to use hand sanitizer upon entering and encourage reapplication throughout the event 
    • Consider signing in all attendees in order to collect names and contact information. If there is a COVID-19 exposure at the event, this information will be useful for determining close contacts and informing attendees.  
  • Haunted Houses 
    • Organizers of indoor haunted houses should take precautions and, if possible, these events should be moved outdoors. 
    • Going to an open-air, one-way, walk-through haunted forest where appropriate mask use is enforced, and people can remain more than 6 feet apart is a safer alternative but still carries moderate risk. 
    • Screaming, singing or projecting your voice can increase the risk of transmitting COVID-19 if a person is infected, so greater physical distancing between families/households is highly recommended. The greater the distance, the lower the risk of spreading a respiratory virus. 
    • Requiring participants to sign in with their name, contact information, and arrival time is recommended. This will assist in the contact tracing process if someone at the event tests positive for COVID-19.

 If your organization, neighborhood, or church decides to move forward with an event, you are encouraged to first contact the Health Department at coronavirus@springfieldmo.gov to discuss your plans! 

Trick-or-treating

Guidance for Trick-or-Treating:

  • Avoid indoor events
  • Avoid crowded outdoor events
  • Stay home if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, if you are waiting for COVID-19 test results or may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
  • Consider not participating in in-person activities if your child or others in your home have an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • Limit trick-or-treating groups to family units/households only
  • Look for houses using purple pumpkins or other decorations to indicate that they are participating in contactless trick-or-treating
  • Avoid congregating with other groups even while outdoors
  • Remain distanced and allow other groups to finish and leave before approaching a house
  • Regularly use hand sanitizer especially before and after touching candy 
  • Wear face masks while trick-or-treating 
  • Consider trick-or-treating earlier in the day to avoid crowded streets and large crowds.
  • Limit the amount of time that your group trick-or-treats
  • Remember the 3 W’s – Wash your hands, Wear a mask, and Watch your distance
  • Candy
    • Candy collected on Halloween will have been touched and handled by many people. COVID-19 can live on some surfaces for up to 72 hours—though transmission is very rare. Consider purchasing some packaged candy for children to safely enjoy Halloween night, and set aside candy collected from trick-or-treating for three days if you are concerned about transmission through these surfaces. 
Passing out candy

Guidance for Passing Out Candy:

  • Participating in contact-less trick-or-treating. For instance, individually wrapped candy bags are set out (at the end of a driveway or at the edge of a yard) for families to grab and go while continuing to physically distance.
  • Regularly use hand sanitizer especially before and after touching candy 
  • Wear face masks while passing out candy
  • If handing out candy, be available to trick-or-treaters earlier in the day. Consider supporting “Under 5 Before 5” to allow families with young children to trick-or-treat earlier.
  • Remember the 3 W’s – Wash your hands, Wear a mask, and Watch your distance
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