As Halloween gets closer and closer, Hoosiers are excited and brainstorming what to dress as this year. As you make your costume plans, consider these tips from the  Centers for Disease Control on how you can celebrate safely by protecting yourself and others from COVID-19.

The latest CDC guidance reminds Hoosiers to wear a mask and always practice good hygiene. If you plan to hand out candy, consider doing so outside by setting up a station with individually bagged treats for kids to take and avoid direct contact with the ghosts and goblins at your doorstep. If your family plans to participate in trick-or-treating, please know a costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask. Instead, find a creative way to make your cloth mask part of your costume.

Other safe, socially distanced activities include carving pumpkins and visiting an orchard or corn maze. The CDC says in order to do this safely, Hoosiers must try to maintain a 6-foot distance from one another. Click here for more tips.

Please be aware of counties coded in red on the Indiana State Department of Public Health’s coronavirus dashboard, as those areas may have more restrictions on gatherings and events for Halloween. To learn about your county, click here and visit the county metric tab.