Children take "Where's Waldo?" to a whole new level at last year's trick-or-treating. This year's Halloween festivities could look a bit different as public health officials are warning against traditional activities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is recommending folks avoid traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating, traveling to events in other communities, in-person parties, large outdoor gatherings and other in-person activities.

Here are four ways DHS and the CDC say folks can safely get spooky this Halloween season:

1. Host a virtual celebration

  • Hold online costume and pumpkin carving contests
  • Host online scary movie nights or costume parties

2. Show your Halloween spirit

  • Decorate your home
  • Visit a drive-through haunted house
  • Cook or bake seasonal treats to celebrate

3. No contact trick-or-treating

  • Leave Halloween treats or bags with goodies outside your door
  • Have hand sanitizer available
  • Place pumpkins 6 feet apart to help keep a safe distance

4. Spooky scavenger hunt

  • Give children a list of Halloween-themed items to look for while walking outdoors from house to house admiring decorations at a distance
  • A scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with household members in or around the home rather than going house to house

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