CDC issues Halloween guidance, labels traditional trick-or-treating as high-risk

Raven Brown
Created: September 22, 2020 05:39 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The CDC is recommending that people don't do traditional trick-or-treating for Halloween this year.

Gov. Cuomo said the state would not be shutting activities down.


"There are safer alternatives that can still maintain the spirit of the holiday," infectious disease specialist, Dr. Emil Lesho said. 

According to new guidelines from the CDC, some low-risk activities like pumpkin carving or Halloween movie nights are okay but the CDC is discouraging door to door trick or treating.

"I suppose if you really wanted to do that you could put gloves on and leave the candy outside in bright sunlight for several hours and rotate it around but is it really worth that, all that effort?" Dr. Lesho said. 

Lesho said he agrees with the guidance but there can be ways to celebrate, but you just have to get creative. 

"There are suggested very safe activities," Dr. Lesho said. "So you can decorate your house with your family, spend a lot of time doing that so you can have a virtual trick or treating so using zoom and stuff like that."

As of now, neither the state nor local governments are banning trick or treating. 

Janine Finochio said she's still going to take her daughter Gia out.

"If people are willing with their light on then we're going to go for it," Finochio said. "If we see obviously a massive amount of children at a door we're just going to stand back and wait until we can go up. I am not really concerned that there would be an issue."

Finochio said while they will be safe, with many other places open to the public they are ok with participating and this is a holiday that they don't want to skip.

"There's other people gathering at restaurants and bars and yes they're wearing masks and yeah we can wear masks as well I just feel like if we're outside trick or treating then I don't feel like it's a risk," Finochio said.

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