How some Utahns are adjusting their Halloween plans during the pandemic

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Traditional trick-or-treating is considered a high-risk activity by the CDC, says Salt Lake County Health Department spokesman Nicholas Rupp. (Photo: KUTV)

Two weeks out from Halloween, and with COVID-19 still spreading in Utah, the holiday will look at lot different.

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Some parents may be asking, how can you celebrate safely? Should kids still go door-to-door trick-or-treating?

Nicholas Rupp, a Salt Lake County Health Department spokesperson, said Utahns should plan to make some adjustments to their holiday traditions.

“Traditional trick-or-treating is considered a high-risk activity by the CDC,” Rupp said.

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Rupp said along with trick-or-treating, crowded trunk-or-treats or indoor costume parties fall into a high-risk category.

In the medium-risk are activities like low- or no-touch trick-or-treating, goody bags from a distance, and outdoor parties. Low-risk activities include pumpkin decorating, virtual costume contests or spooky movie nights with the family.

We are going to have to adapt some of our traditions. This is not the year to have a big costume party with 100 people and invite the neighborhood,” Rupp said.

Lindsay Mattes lives in Bountiful and has her house decorated and ready for trick-or-treaters.

“I want to be cautious and I want to be respectful of the parents who are worried for that, too,” Mattes said.

She’ll be handing out candy but with some adjustments this year.

“I’m going wear a mask and have gloves. If kids come to the house, I’m going to give them candy,” she said.

Mattes’ neighborhood is making its adjustments. This year, the LDS ward nearby will hold a Halloween parade. Kids can show off their costumes while social distancing and wearing masks.

“They’re going to walk around the parking lot, show us their cute costumes and at the end of the line they’ll get their treat bag from everyone in the neighborhood,” Mattes explains.

She plans to keep her lights on for any neighborhood kids.

“How do you turn them away?” she said. “I think if we’re all careful and conscientious, we still have to live”

The health department said if you do plan to trick-or-treat, make sure you are wearing a mask — not just a costume mask, but one that fully covers your mouth and nose.

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