Trick-or-Treating in COVID


Kira Camacho, Staff Writer

The spookiest season has finally arrived! Pumpkin spice is back, the leaves are changing color, and it’s (hopefully) time for cold weather. Halloween is right around the corner, too! 

If you’re looking for a local, and fun Halloween event, be sure to attend Arcadia’s Halloween Haunting! It will be held in Downtown Arcadia, on First Avenue and Huntington Drive. It will be an evening to remember! The event will be on Oct. 29, from 4:00-6:30pm. 

A renowned feature of the Downtown Arcadia Halloween Haunting is their mystery bags. Order a mystery bag from Celebrations Pop Up Shop by Oct. 20 and pick it up when you ‘Trick-or-Treat’ during the Halloween Haunting. Celebrations Pop Up Shop has a website, and will temporarily be on 28 N. First Avenue for this celebration. Each bag is $18 and includes one beauty item, one accessory, and more. 

Of course, ‘Halloween Haunting’ will be following CDC Covid-19 guidelines and so should we. From the ‘Halloween Haunting’ to haunted houses, you can stay safe with CDC guidelines and holiday tips. 

Luckily, the CDC released their ‘Covid Holiday Tips’ to help everyone stay safe during the upcoming holiday months. Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties, the official webpage was taken down. However, NBC 5 Chicago recorded the page just in time. Despite the page being taken down, these tips will still keep you healthy for Halloween and the holiday season. 

“The content is in the process of being updated by CDC to reflect current guidance ahead of this holiday season,” CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund told the press. “The page had a technical update on Friday but doesn’t reflect the CDC’s guidance ahead of this upcoming holiday season. CDC will share additional guidance soon.”

The CDC’s holiday tips include celebrating virtually, with people who live with you, or outside and 6 feet apart from others. If you do celebrate indoors, they recommend opening windows and doors for fresh air. The CDC recommends virtual events and celebrations, to wave at neighbors from a safe distance, and to take gifts to loved ones in a way that does not involve contact. 

For in-person celebrations, the CDC asks citizens to get vaccinated when eligible, know when to wear a mask, and remember that outdoor activities are safer than indoor gatherings. The department also suggests having conversations ahead of time to discuss keeping all parties involved safe. 

If planning to travel, the CDC requires wearing masks on public transportation. They ask unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated people to delay travel plans. They also say to follow recommendations for unvaccinated people and choose safer travel options if traveling with people ineligible for the vaccine. 

Which guidelines will be included when the website is updated is still unknown. 

Please be sure to wear a mask, try to spend your time outside, and distance yourself from large groups of people. It’s important to remember that COVID-19 is still a problem. Please stay safe as you enjoy this season’s fall festivities.


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