Halloween is approaching quickly and many folks are left wondering “what should we do this year?” Some communities are still planning on celebrating, others have already canceled trick-or-treating festivities due to the coronavirus pandemic.  
The good people at the chocolate company, Hershey, have launched an online tool to help parents navigate Halloween as easily as possible. All you have to do is visit their new website and you can access maps of every county and view color coded zones. Allowing parents to make the choice about trick-or-treating safely all across the United States. 

Hershey was able to create this website with the help of Harvard Global Health Institute and the Halloween & Costume Association 

Visit the website to access the map, when you hover over a county a color will appear displaying the Covid-19 risk level in that area. The zones are broken down into yellow, green, orange, or red. There are so many great ideas listed for ways to celebrate according to each color and what the risk-level is in your area.

Green zones: mean that there have been the lowest counts of COVID-19 cases and deaths in that area, so it’s considered a safe zone for trick-or-treating “It’s on like Donkey Kong! Study up on the official trick or treat guidelines and make sure to stay safe while trick or treating!”

Yellow zones: the websites states that you should “Focus on safety first and make sure you’re only visiting the neighbors that have safety measures in place!” 

Orange Zones: families should “Get the kids all decked out in their costume of choice and hang out with them in the front yard as neighbors walk or drive by and deliver candy.” 

Red Zones: it’s recommended that families just get dressed up and watch a fun Halloween movie together while eating candy on the couch. 

As a major Halloween loving (but safety conscious) mama… I think this site is a brilliant resource to have.

 

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