Stay Safe this Halloween
CDPH Discourages Trick-or-treating and gathering


Many traditional Halloween activities pose a high-risk for spreading viruses, including COVID-19, and the California Department of Public Health recommends people choose safer alternatives.

The CDPH also strongly discourages trick-or-treating and restricts gatherings to  three households, outdoors only. The full CDPH Halloween guidance is listed here.

Should you choose to gather or trick-or-treat, respect your neighbors and community. Everyone is navigating the COVID-19 pandemic to the best of their abilities and has different comfort levels regarding what is safe.

Below are a few tips from Placer County Public Health to help you trick-or-treat more safely:

  • Wear a face covering
  • Trick-or-treat with members of your own household and stay at least six ft. from others
  • Setup an outdoor candy delivery area, spread candy on a table for kids to take, or use tongs to hand out
  • Wash hands or use sanitizer frequently
  • Stay home if you or anyone in your household is not feeling well

Find more Placer County tips here.

Lower risk, alternative activities to traditional Halloween events include:

  • Carving or decorating pumpkins with your household or, at a safe distance, with neighbors or friends and then displaying them
  • Decorating your home and yard
  • Doing an outdoor Halloween scavenger hunt
  • Having a virtual costume contest or virtual party
  • Having a Halloween movie night with your household