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Guide to Halloween During COVID-19 in Boulder

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Boulder’s Halloween celebrations look a little different in 2020. Here’s your guide to having a fun Halloween while minimizing the risk of catching or spreading COVID-19.

Follow local guidance

Be sure to check Boulder County Public Health and the City of Boulder coronavirus web page for the latest information on public health orders, current case numbers and more.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also offers guidance on how to safely celebrate fall holidays , including Día de los Muertos.

Trick-or-treat safely

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment encourages alternatives to traditional, door-to-door trick-or-treating this year to limit the potential spread of COVID-19.

If you decide to trick-or-treat, communicate with your neighbors and plan ahead. Get creative and figure out ways to hand out candy while keeping appropriate distance. For example:

  • Line up individually wrapped treats at the end of the driveway or yard’s edge. Watch the fun and enjoy the costumes from a distance.
  • Use a plastic slide, cardboard tubes, or plastic pipes to deliver candy from a distance.
  • Take kids on an outdoor, distanced treasure hunt to look for candy or Halloween-themed items.

Choose safer options

  • Virtual activities are the safest option.
  • Outdoor gatherings are generally safer than indoor gatherings.
  • Smaller groups are generally safer than larger groups. 
  • Shorter gatherings are generally safer than longer gatherings.
  • It’s safer to gather with people who consistently wear face coverings, keep physical distance and follow other prevention recommendations.

Keep in mind that it is possible for the virus to spread on surfaces and through airborne transmission, though less likely. Visit the CDC for more information on how COVID-19 spreads .

Whatever form your trick-or-treating takes, it’s safest to:

  • Stay in your own neighborhood.
  • Have adults accompany trick-or-treaters to help them follow precautions.
  • Stay with your household members. Avoid mingling with groups from other households; stay at least 6 feet away from non-household members.
  • If going door-to-door, limit the time you spend at doorways.
  • Whether you’re trick-or-treating or handing out candy, keep your masks on -- save the candy eating for when you return home.
  • Follow  regular Halloween safety tips such as decorating costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and carrying glow sticks or flashlights to help increase visibility among drivers.

Protect yourself and others

  • People should not participate in any in-person activities, including handing out candy, if they:
    • Are sick, especially with  COVID-19 symptoms
    • Have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and are currently in the quarantine period.
    • Have recently tested positive for COVID-19 and are currently in the isolation period.
  • People at  increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 should think about the risks and benefits of activities they are considering.
  • Wear a mask  that fully covers your nose and mouth, wash your hands frequently, and keep your distance whenever you are out in public or around people who are not a part of your household.


Family-friendly events

Spooky Munchkin Bingo

Oct. 14 to Nov. 1, 2020
This year, Downtown Boulder's Munchkin Masquerade will look a little different. Visit  to view a PDF bingo card to go on a hunt for the hidden “spooky munchkin” characters in several downtown retail stores — and be sure to wear your Halloween costume and mask. If you get BINGO (five in a row) and snap a photo of each one, plus your photo at the booth outside Sunflower Bank, you will win a goodie bag. There is also a masked photo costume contest with a big prize. More information.

Halloween Drive-in Movie

Oct. 30, 2020, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
The City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a drive-in movie at Flatirons Golf Course on Friday, Oct. 30. They will offer two movie screenings: an early screening at 6 p.m. (suggested for families with children ages 12 and under) and a late screening at 8 p.m. (suggested for adults and children 13+). Decorate your vehicle for a chance to win exciting prizes. Costumes are also strongly encouraged for all of our ghosts and ghouls. Admission is $10 per vehicle for each film and includes a pre-made treat bag. More information .

Meet the Spirits 2020

Oct. 16 to Nov. 25, 2020
Meet the Spirits 2020 is a virtual tour of Columbia Cemetery, as told by some of Boulder's most famous - and infamous - figures. It's also a weekend full of opportunities for engaging local history lessons and idea exchanges - not to mention chances to win prizes. Available Oct. 16 through Nov. 25. More information

Published: Oct. 16, 2020