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How will you celebrate Halloween this year?

Halloween will look different this year because of the virus.
Longmont Halloween Parade 2019 (Photo by Macie May)

COVID is no treat this Halloween. And some local families are wondering what the trick will be to celebrating safely.

The Colorado Department of Health and Environment earlier this month posted Halloween tips and tricks to its website, and while it doesn’t specifically state no trick-or-treating, the state health department is advising against doing so.

“Door-to-door trick-or-treating means lots of closer interactions over a short period of time. Taken together, these may raise the risk of COVID-19 spread,” CDPHE states in its post.

It also offers advice for those who want to keep the tradition alive and stay safe. Among the ideas it provides are lining up individually wrapped treats at the end driveway or the yard’s edge or using tubes or pipes to hand out candy from a distance. For those collecting candy, CDPHE’s advice includes staying in household groups, keeping 6 feet of distance from those outside their household, limiting time in doorways and always wearing face masks, stressing that Halloween masks are not a substitute for masks that protect against COVID-19 spread.

Boulder County Public Health has not issued any Halloween guidelines but has shared the state health department’s advisory via social media.


IMG-0188A family of pirates at 2019 Longmont Halloween Parade (Photo by Macie May)

The topic of how to keep the fun in Halloween has been a constant on local social media pages, with some posts encouraging residents to pull out the stops. Extra candy, full-size rather than miniature candy bars, drink bars for the grown-ups and spooky decorations are just a few of the ideas that have been mentioned.

We want to know how you plan to celebrate? Are you decorating, trick-or-treating, holding a treasure hunt, holding a costume parade? Tell us your plans in the comments or shoot us an email at for possible inclusion in a story, photos are welcomed. We can’t wait to hear from you.

Julie Baxter

About the Author: Julie Baxter

Julie Baxter is The Leader's' assistant editor.
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