Boone County releases guidelines for trick or treating

Posted on 30 September 2020 at 6:47pm
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COLUMBIA - The Columbia/Boone County Health Department released guidelines for trick or treating on Halloween.

There are numerous activities listed in the document that was shared on Twitter, which can be found here.

The activities are broken down into three categories based on COVID-19 safety levels.

The "Not So Scary" activities are the safest, such as a decorating your house and front lawn, pumpkin carving and Zoom parties. Another idea listed is "Booing" your neighbor, which is where you ding-dong-ditch your neighbor, but leave behind a Halloween basket with candy on their porch.

The next level of activities are "Somewhat Scary" and have some risks. These activities include pre-wrapped treats for grab-and-go trick or treating, going to a pumpkin patch or an outdoor candy hunt.

The final level of activities are "Very Scary" and considered the most risky during COVID-19. Theses activities include classic trick or treating, trunk or treating, parties and haunted houses.

It is recommended that trick or treaters do not use a costume mask as a substitute for a regular mask unless it follows regular mask guidelines.

People handing out candy should also wear a mask, according to the guidelines.

It is important for anyone involved with giving or receiving candy to frequently wash and sanitize their hands and high touch surfaces such as door bells.