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Halloween 2020: How will your family celebrate?

Readers, please tell us your plans for COVID-era Halloween!

Halloween 2020 is going to look a little different.

We all knew it was coming, and then the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) made it official: Trick-or-treating is not recommended this year.

Nor are costume masks or big parties.

It’s just not safe.

Two questions come immediately to mind:

Will you follow the guidance? We’re not trying to start something here, just reporting what we’ve seen and heard: Some people have every intention of celebrating a “normal” Halloween, and the CDC guidance is not binding.

What will you do instead? Some creative ideas already have been tossed out: safely distanced costume parades, prepackaged candy goody bags, left out for kids to retrieve from porches. (CDC suggests a virtual costume contest or a neighborhood scavenger hunt, among other things.)

Seattle’s Child would really love to hear from you on this. Send us your opinions, rants, raves, clever alternative ideas, what have you. Email and we’ll publish a selection of the input we receive. As with so many things this year, we’re in this together and we need to help one another!


More on Halloween 2020 in Seattle’s Child:

5 things to do that aren’t trick-or-treating

Find the perfect pumpkin patch for your family

The Playlist: Halloween-themed family fun

DIY Halloween costumes: Tips for getting started


About the Author

Julie Hanson

Julie Hanson is the website editor for Seattle's Child. She is a longtime journalist, South King County resident and mom to a 12-year-old girl.