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Oklahoma releases Halloween guidelines for 2020

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Stillwater's 26th annual Halloween festival.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health released recommendations for practicing Halloween traditions during the COVID-19 pandemic Wednesday. 

The state Commissioner of Health urges people to celebrate the holiday wisely.

“There are a multitude of ways people can safely enjoy the holiday season this year and connect with loved ones without putting anyone in unnecessary risk,” Dr. Lance Fry said.

State and local health departments caution people to avoid crowded parties, indoor haunted houses and limit group activities to 10 people.

Trick-or-treating is known as the most popular Halloween event, but it’s risky amidst the pandemic since it involves people touching doorbells, doors and hand-to-hand exchanges of candy.

Instead of observing this tradition normally, the health department encourages people to prepare individual goodie bags for touch-free trick-or-treating. Additionally, they say cloth masks are not an acceptable substitute for costume masks.

Like many time-honored traditions in 2020, Halloween will need to adapt. 

Demi Solano, an OSU freshman, said she and her roommates are looking forward to Halloween, but they’re going to make sure to stay safe.

“We’re going to dress up and carve pumpkins in our dorm,” Solano said. “Then we plan on watching scary movies while we eat spooky-themed snacks.”

For those who are trying to have fun while maintaining social distancing, the CDC has other recommendations such as holding a virtual costume contest.

Creativity will be key this holiday season to stop the spread of coronavirus.