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TRICK OR TREAT HALLOWEEN & COVID-19 OCTOBER 2020 ISSUE

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TRICK OR TREAT HALLOWEEN & COVID-19 WHAT WILL HALLOWEEN LOOK LIKE WITH COVID-19 LURKING ABOUT?

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TRICK OR TREAT HALLOWEEN & COVID-19 WHAT WILL HALLOWEEN LOOK LIKE WITH COVID-19 LURKING ABOUT?


In a year that's been plenty scary, this much is clear: Pandemic Halloween will be different than regular Halloween. Many traditional ways of celebrating are now considerably more frightful than usual, because now they bring the risk of spreading the coronavirus.Accordingly, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued new guidelines on how to celebrate Halloween safely. No big surprise: Classic door-to-door trick-or-treating and crowded, boozy costume parties are not recommended.


The CDC's guidelines group Halloween

Going on hayrides with people who aren't

activities into lower-risk, moderate-risk and

in your household or fall festivals in rural

higher-risk buckets.The higher-risk

areas also carry a risk of spreading the virus

category includes both door-to-door trick-

that causes COVID-19. And using alcohol

or-treating and events where kids get

and drugs "can cloud [judgment] and

treats from the trunks of cars in a big

increase risky behaviors," the CDC warns —

parking lot.Also no-nos: indoor haunted

though that's equally true in any season.

houses where people will be crowded and

How to get your thrills instead?

screaming, which could send infectious particles flying.

THE CDC'S HALLOWEEN GUIDELINES WARN AGAINST TYPICAL TRICK-OR-TREATING The agency says this way of trick-or-

The CDC says an open-air scare-fest is

treating poses a moderate risk (compared

moderately risky, so long as the route is

with the higher risk of the traditional style):

one-way, people wear masks appropriately

Kids could pick up individually wrapped

and stay 6 feet apart. But there's a caveat:

gift bags at the end of a driveway or yard

"If screaming will likely occur, greater

while still preserving social distance.You

distancing is advised."What about apple

could also organize a small outdoor

picking and pumpkin patches? Risks can

costume parade where everyone is 6 feet

be reduced if people use hand sanitizer

apart. An outdoor costume party would

before touching pumpkins or apples, wear

also be considered moderate risk, if people

masks and maintain social distance.Also on

wear masks and stay 6 feet away from each

the moderate-risk list: an outdoor scary

other.Haunted houses are out, and

movie night with local friends who are

haunted forests are in.

socially distanced.


Again: The more screaming there is, the

And remember this, friendly neighbors: If you think you

more space is needed for safe social

might have COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone

distancing.If you want to be really safe?

who does, don't attend in-person Halloween activities —

Then you need to plan for either virtual

and certainly don't hand out candy to trick-or-treaters.

activities or ones that you do largely with your own household.The CDC's lower-risk activities include carving pumpkins with your household, or outdoors with friends while socially distanced. It also suggests a Halloween scavenger hunt: looking for witches, spiderwebs and black cats outside houses while walking around — or a scavenger hunt for treats in your own home.And what about masks? A costume mask is no substitute for a cloth mask, according to the agency, but don't double up with one over the other because that can make it hard to breathe. Instead, consider a Halloweenthemed cloth mask, the CDC suggests. A costume mask can protect against spreading the coronavirus if it's like a regular cloth mask: two or more layers of breathable fabric covering the nose and mouth, without gaps around the face.

COURTESY OF: LAUREL WAMSLEY OF NPR WITF


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Don’t stay silent. It’s time to speak up. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which first began in 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence as a Day of Unity, connecting battered women’s advocates across the country.

Domestic violence affects millions, both women and men, of every race, religion, culture and status. It’s not just punches and black eyes -- it’s yelling, humiliation, stalking, manipulation, coercion, threats and isolation. It’s stealing a paycheck, keeping tabs online, non-stop texting, constant use the silent treatment, or calling someone stupid so often they believe it.Since the Violence Against Women Act passed in 1994, we’ve come a long way. This landmark legislation, led by then Senator Joe Biden, combined new provisions that hold offenders accountable and provide programs and services for victims. Nearly three out of four Americans personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence. Now is time to take a stand. Support survivors and speak out against domestic violence. If you need assistance or want to talk to someone about domestic violence, call 1-877-731-2210 to speak with a trained peer advocate. COURTESY OF BREAK THE CYCLE


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