When it comes to planning for Halloween the Minnesota Department of Health’s Kris Ehresmann echoed recommendations from the C-D-C that labeled traditional trick or treating as a “high-risk activity.”

“Public health recommendations are not intended to ruin your fun, but to keep you safe, and it is actually the virus that is the buzzkill here.”

Ehresmann said health department-approved lower risk activities included pumpkin carving with your family, virtual costume contests or one-way trick or treating with pre-made, individually wrapped, goody-bags.