The CDC Doesn’t Want Kids Trick-or-Treating for Halloween

How about a “virtual Halloween costume contest” instead?

by Robby Soave

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has published guidance for families on how to approach the coming fall holidays—and if the federal agency had its way, kids would suffer through a very un-fun Halloween.

“Many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses,” warns the CDC in information released on Monday. “There are several safer, alternative ways to participate in Halloween.”

The very safest activities, according to the CDC, are carving pumpkins with members of your own household, having scary-movie night, or throwing a “virtual Halloween costume contest.” (How fun.) Small, outdoor gatherings are classified as moderately risky, and the quintessential Halloween activity—door-to-door trick-or-treating—is considered “higher” risk:

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