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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. To help people stay safe, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is offering special guidance.

The CDC says many traditional Halloween activities put people at risk of spreading the virus. Safer options include a virtual costume contest. Indoor activities, such as a movie night or home scavenger hunt, should be limited to members of your household. For outdoor activities, like pumpkin picking and small-group parades, people should stay six feet apart.

The CDC also says costume masks can’t replace regular face masks. If you wear only a costume mask, it should cover your mouth and nose. It should be made of at least two layers of breathable cloth.