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Handing, Or Rather, Spreading Out Candy Is The New Normal In Texas This Halloween 2020

Trick-or-treating has never looked so strange 👻

It's no question that Halloween will look very different in Texas and across the nation this year.

Now, the Texas Department of Health and Human Services (TDSHS) has released its tips on how to have a safe Halloween during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To kick things off with the most unusual, the TDSHS recommends instead of handing out candy to trick-or-treaters, you individually wrap bagged treats and spread them out in your driveway in hopes that all of the little monsters keep heir distance and only take one.

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When trick-or-treaters walk from house to house to house, who knows who or what they’re going to come [in contact] with, Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez told The Texas Tribune 

Those who are looking to get free candy on the night of fright should count themselves lucky if they get the chance, as two Texas counties (Hidalgo and El Paso) have fully banned the activity for this year.

Other outdoor activities recommended by the TDSHS include a neighborhood costume parade or a socially-distanced candy scavenger hunt.

Obviously, if you are participating in an event that requires you to interact with others, it is asked that you wear a mask.

No not just your spooky mask, the department asks you to either wear a medical mask underneath your costume or somehow incorporate it. 

But above all, TDSHS recommends that you stay inside this Halloween and maybe enjoy some at-home activities such as carving pumpkins or perhaps an online costume contest with your friends.