No Trick or Treating: Pumpkins

By Laura Bacon/Staff Writer

Activities like decorating or carving pumpkins for display at home are considered lower risk activities while traditional trick or treating is considered a high risk activity by public health officials.

AUDUBON — It wasn’t an easy decision, but with the rise in the number of cases of coronavirus in Audubon County, there will not be a sanctioned Halloween Trick or Treat night in Audubon this year.

Mayor Barb Jacobsen said that recommendations from local and state public health officials, and others like the CDC’s recommendations earlier this week, led to the decision.

Officials with the CDC said Halloween activities could be a high risk for spreading viruses, and suggested alternatives in a release earlier this month. Traditional trick or treating where children go door to door and treats are handed to them, along with trunk or treat alternatives and crowded costume parties were considered high risk activities. Other activities like indoor haunted houses, hayrides or tractor rides or traveling to fall festivals in areas with community spread of COVID-19 are also high risks.

Lower risk activities like carving or decorating pumpkins with your family for display, decorating your home or doing virtual costume contests are considered low risk activities.

Moderate risk activities like attending a small group outdoor costume parade where people are spaced out more than six feet apart, or attending an outdoor, walk through haunted forest type event, where appropriate mask use is enforced along with proper social distancing.

Those who participate in higher risk activities or think they may have been exposed during a celebration should take extra precautions for 14 days after the event to protect others. You should stay home as much as possible; avoid being around those at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 and consider getting tested for COVID-19 yourself.