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A Different Halloween

SAFE PICK Pumpkin picking is a fun Halloween activity. DANIEL KNIGHTON—GETTY IMAGES

Halloween is probably going to look different this year. That’s because of the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has safety tips for the holiday.

Traditional Halloween activities can put people at risk, according to the CDC. They can spread the virus. Safer options include a virtual costume contest. Indoor activities should only be done with members of your household. These might include a home scavenger hunt. For outdoor activities, like pumpkin picking, people should stay six feet apart.

The CDC says costume masks are not a substitute for regular face masks. If you wear only a costume mask, it should cover your mouth and nose. And it should be made of at least two layers of breathable cloth.

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