Olmsted Co. Public Health releases safe Halloween recommendations

Olmsted Co. Public Health releases safe Halloween recommendations

Created: October 23, 2020 09:11 AM

(ABC 6 News) - Olmsted County Public Health along with Mayo Clinic, the City of Rochester and Olmsted Medical Center have released guidance to have a safe Halloween amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The pandemic is causing families and communities to reevaluate Halloween celebrations to ensure safety.

The release issued Friday morning listed different Halloween activities in three risk categories; low, medium and high.


  • Celebrate at home with members of your household by having a special Halloween-themed meal, carving pumpkins, and watching a movie.
  • Have a family scavenger hunt in the house or backyard.


  • Invite the neighbors to a driveway trick-or-treat opportunity. To maintain physical distancing, put treats in small goodie bags and place them on a table at the end of the driveway or edge of a yard for families to pick up and go.
    • If you are preparing goodie bags, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after preparing the bags.


  • Participate in traditional trick-or-treating or attend a trunk-or-treat event.
  • Hold or attend an indoor costume party with people not living in your house.

If individuals decide to participate in medium- to high-risk activities, we strongly encourage the three Ws:

  • Wear a face mask (a costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth face mask)
  • Wash your hands
  • Watch your distance and stay six feet away from people not in your household

Additional information on safe Halloween guidance can be found on the Minnesota Department of Health website.

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