People should not participate in any in-person activities, including handing out candy if they are sick, especially with COVID-19 symptoms, have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, and/or are a person with increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment encourages alternatives to traditional door-to-door trick or treating this year to limit the potential spread of COVID-19.
Trick or Treating?
Handing Out Candy?
- Celebrate with Your Household and limit house stops
- Avoid parties (keep groups small under 10)
- Staying home is the safest option
- Bring hand sanitizer and use it often
- Don’t reach into candy bowls and wait to eat when you get home
Looking for an Alternative?
- Set up a treat table outside at the end of your driveway or patio
- Wrap individual treat bags, use pre-packaged candy and keep your workspace clean while creating bags
- Wear gloves and a mask when handing out candy
- Don’t let kids reach into a bucket for their own candy
Guidance for Event Planners
- Throw a neighborhood face-mask decorating party, with guests limited to 10. Wear a different mask during the decoration, of course!
- Go to an open-air, one-way, walk-through haunted forest, pumpkin patch, or corn maze. Make sure masks that cover the nose and mouth are required and people can remain at least 6 feet apart.
- Have an outdoor Halloween movie night with local family and friends, with 10 people or less wearing masks and spaced at least 6 feet apart. If screaming is likely (it is Halloween after all!), we advise greater distancing.
Haunted houses, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, block parties with food vendors, etc. held in public places must adhere to state and local orders and restrictions and follow indoor/outdoor event guidance.
- Create a one-direction flow
- Set up handwashing stations
- Require timed reservations to limit occupants, lines, and areas of congestion
- Require masks at all times, except when eating or drinking
- If food trucks and other vendors are included, public health guidelines must be followed.
For more detailed guidance on these topics and more visit: https://covid19.colorado.gov/halloween-tips-and-tricks
As a reminder, failure to obey a lawful order could result in a ticket/fine of up to $2,650.00.