As much as we hoped for a ray of hope, it looks like Halloween is going to be quite different this year. Yes, you may still get yourself a costume but that blowout party you were thinking of going to will most likely be held on Zoom. Trick-or-treating also sounds... tricky.
Many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses, the CDC warned, advising people to plan alternate ways to participate in the celebration.
The CDC said it would be a good idea to avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters, and give them treats outside. To do so, you can set up a station with individually bagged treats for kids to take. You should also wash your hands before handling treats, and, of course, wear a mask!
However, regular face coverings might take away from the Halloween mood so we've rounded up a collection of creative masks that can serve as a costume or blend into one. Continue scrolling and check them out.
Artist Matthias Kretschmer has been entertaining himself and others by creating unconventional face masks throughout most of the lockdown in his country Austria, and he believes we can still have fun during the creepiest night of the year. "Halloween is originally a Celtic tradition, but like every good tradition, it develops with every year and every generation. So let's keep it alive!" he told Bored Panda.
Professional makeup and Special Fx artist Cynthia Pinedo said Halloween has always been her favorite holiday. "Growing up, we were always having Halloween parties, dressing up, decorating our house," she explained. "My birthday also is the day before Halloween, so it's always just been a month to celebrate."
The pandemic has changed her Halloween as well. "Trick or treating is not really happening this year, I really feel like there is just no Halloween spirit this year, only because we all need to stay safe and get through this. So I'm making Halloween COVID masks." Hers are made of thin rubber, with a fabric lining, and they also have adjustable ear loops. "What inspired me to make these, was basically a way you can go out, do your errands, and wear one of the masks I make, to have a little fun. I wear my jack o lantern mask everywhere. People are really enjoying them, by even wearing them to work! That makes me so happy that I brought a little joy to those Halloween lovers this year during the pandemic."
If you participate in higher-risk activities or think that you may have been exposed during your celebration, the CDC advises considering extra precautions for 14 days after the event to protect others. These include staying home as much as possible, avoid being around people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, and getting tested for the virus.
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