Listen, I want to make sure everyone has a nice and safe Halloween and so does the Center of Disease Control during this pandemic.

The Center for Disease Control has released a set of guidelines for their Halloween and how to celebrate safely. This is because many Halloween normal traditions are considered 'high risk' for spreading the virus and with cases of COVID-19 going up recently in Gallatin County we should take some precautions.

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So the 'high risk' activities that the Center for Disease Control is asking you to avoid this year are things like: taking part in tradition trick or treat by going door to door to get candy where treats are handed to children, crowded costume parties, indoor haunted houses or hay rides where social distancing is unavoidable or screaming, and taking drugs or drinking alcohol which can cloud judgement.

Some of the 'moderate risk' activities are trick or treating with individual wrapped goodie bags for kids or families to grab, open air costume parties where people can socially distance six feet apart, having an outdoor movie night where everyone can socially distance, and haunted forests where it's outdoors and greater chance to socially distance.

If you don't want to risk anything, here are some 'low risk' Halloween activities that might be up most people's alley to be safest this spooky season. You could carve pumpkins inside with your family or outside with your neighbors at a safe distance, have a virtual costume contest, scavenger hunt style trick or treat in your house, have a Halloween movie night or just decorate your house.

Listen, I know a lot of folks that love Halloween and go all out but maybe just this year we could slow down and maybe just focus on everyone being safe but having a great scary time this year.

For more details, check out the CDC.