The CDC recommends safer alternatives to traditional trick-or-treating like pumpkin carving at home with family.

With Halloween on Saturday, the City of Jackson is offering helpful tips to make it a safe celebration in light of COVID-19.

Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said they are encouraging continued social distancing and taking the necessary precautions like facial coverings (a city requirement), social distancing and frequent handwashing.

“Please avoid the large gatherings that we have consistently been asking that people to avoid,” the mayor said.

For churches and organizations celebrating candy giveaways, consider hosting a drive-through event where everyone stays safe in their cars.

As an alternative, families are invited to the Parks and Rec Department’s free “Spooktacular Drive-Through” treat bag giveaway for children ages 10 years old and under while supplies last, set for Saturday, October 31 at 3 p.m. at the VA Legion Softball Complex at 4500 Officer Thomas Catchings Senior Drive. Costumes are welcome. Remember, children must be in a vehicle and wear facial coverings.

Mississippi State Department of Health State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs offers these similar and additional recommendations:

  • Keep it short, simple and outdoors
  • Avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters
  • Set up a station with individually bagged treats for kids to take
  • Wash hands before handling treats
  • Everyone wear a mask

Additional recommended guidelines and alternative Halloween activities can be found on

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