Easy, effective tips for Halloween and Día de los Muertos celebrations
Autumn holidays like Halloween and Día de los Muertos usually mean mingling with friends, enjoying parties, and celebrating in groups. But in this unusual year, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) reminds you to keep it spooky and safe with these simple tips.
Many traditional Halloween celebrations like parties and door-to-door trick-or-treating pose a high risk of spreading COVID-19. CDPH has hints to help keep your Halloween healthy:
- Participate in online parties for costume contests or pumpkin carving.
- Enjoy activities from your car like drive-through Halloween displays or drive-in movies.
- Have fun at home with scary movies, a candy scavenger hunt, or by turning your home into a haunted house.
- Put on costumes and going on a physically distanced walk with your household.
- Dress up your home or yard with Halloween decorations.
DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS
To celebrate Día de los Muertos safely, CDPH recommends:
- Gathering only with other members of your household or online.
- Placing altars outside or in a front-facing window so they can be seen from a distance.
- Creating virtual altars online that can be shared through email or social media.
- Creating altar cards that can be sent in the mail.
- Visiting cemeteries only with your members of your household, wearing masks and physically distancing from others, and limiting the time you spend there.
Your local health department may have additional restrictions, so check your county’s COVID-19 website for information about Halloween and Día de los Muertos in your community.