DALLAS COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH COMMITTEE GUIDANCE FOR HALLOWEEN AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
Updated: Oct 19, 2020
UNSAFE AND NOT RECOMMENDED ACTIVITIES:
Halloween gatherings, events, or parties with non-household
members. THIS INCLUDES BARS – Remember, the fewer people
you interact with, the more you limit your exposure.
Carnivals, festivals, live entertainment, and haunted house
attractions – Even when outdoors, these events require close contact
with others and frequent close contact for staff working at those
events. Restrict public gatherings to fewer than 10 people for outdoor
activities and require physical distancing of at least 6 feet between
people and use of facial coverings. Costume masks are not sufficient.
Door-to-door trick or treating - It is difficult to maintain proper
physical distancing on porches and at front doors, and sharing food is
risky whether reaching into a shared candy bowl or being given candy
“Trunk or Treat” events - Where children go from car to car instead
of door to door to receive treats. Even though it is outside,
it is difficult to avoid crowding and contamination in candy bowls.
INSTEAD, DALLAS COUNTY EXPERTS RECOMMEND
OTHER ACTIVITIES FOR HAVING FUN AND ENJOYING
HALLOWEEN WHILE PROTECTING YOUR HEALTH:
Online parties/contests such as costume or pumpkin carving.
Car parades where individuals do not congregate outside vehicles.
Individuals in vehicles should be within households.
Halloween movie nights at home or drive-in theaters, which must
comply with the public health drive-in movie theater guidance.
Halloween-themed meals at home or OUTDOOR seating at
restaurants that comply with the safety protocols such as universal
masking, physical distancing between parties/tables.
Dressing up homes and yards with Halloween-themed decorations.
Scavenger hunt-style candy searches around your home or
yard with household members.