Don’t go trick or treating on Halloween this year, says Danish health service

Don't go trick or treating on Halloween this year, says Danish health service
Halloween in Denmark in 2019. Photo: Ida Guldbæk Arentsen/Ritzau Scanpix
The Danish Health Authority (Sundhedsstyrelsen) has warned against traditional Halloween celebrations this year due to concerns over spreading coronavirus.

Fancy dress parties and knocking on doors to ask for treats have potential to transmit virus infection, the authority writes on its website.

“At Halloween and other autumn events, you should find alternative events to torch processions, fancy dress parties and trick-or-treating, as these are activities that can be linked to transmission of infection,” the statement reads.

As an alternative to the October 31st traditions, the health authority suggests parents organise smaller Halloween parties for smaller groups of children who are in regular contact.

Hollowing out pumpkins is still an acceptable activity according to the recommendation, as is treasure hunting or arts and crafts.

If you really want to give out sweets or candy, this should be done in pre-prepared portions.

Celebrations should take place outside if the weather is good enough, but larger groups should not gather. Denmark currently has a maximum assembly number of 50.

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“We are in the middle of an epidemic in which we must do things a little differently than usual. That means planning autumn holidays a little differently than we are used to to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection,” Health Authority deputy director Helene Probst said in regard to general activities this autumn.

“That’s why it might be a good idea to stay with people close do you and do fun things at home like jigsaw puzzles or playing conkers. If the weather is good enough, go outdoors, take a walk in the forest or find an outdoor activity at a local museum,” Probst said in the statement.


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