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Halloween: Safe Ways to Celebrate + Hall-O-Screen!


Halloween is officially upon us (cue the creepy piano music)! Although the holiday will look different this year during COVID-19, there are plenty of fun and safe ways to celebrate the spooky szn at home. We don’t mean eating a bag of candy alone, which we may or may not be doing. Try these low-risk activities to help keep the spirit of Halloween alive:


1. Carve or decorate pumpkins

Start with a trip to your local pumpkin patch. Many patches are outdoors and have adapted to COVID-19 safety protocols. Whether you're carving pumpkins with family or a tight-knit group of trusted friends, keep a safe distance, and hand sanitizer beforehand.


2. Have a virtual costume contest

Get together safely for an online party with friends and family. Prep some good food and drinks, have a costume competition, and play games! Just because it’s virtual doesn’t mean it can’t be fun.


3. Watch a spooky movie marathon

Plan a scary movie night with lots of popcorn and candy.

4. Create an outdoor scavenger hunt

Play a game of Halloween egg hunt, it's easy and limits the risk of going door to door. We know some may want to go out for trick-or-treating, but remember that’s a medium-high risk activity - all the same guidelines still apply.

  • Wear a face mask - a costume mask is not a substitute

  • Keep safe distances

  • Limit the number of people in your trick-or-treat squad

  • Only accept wrapped treats

  • Wash hands for 20 seconds before eating candy

5. Search for Halloween drive-thru events

Get spooky from the safety of your car. Check your local listings for contactless, drive-thru haunted houses or drive-thru movie theaters playing Halloween movies.


Come out to Hall-O-Screen!

The fear of not knowing your STD status is real, but no worries, we've got you covered. Our friends at the Ybor Youth Clinic are hosting Hall-O-Screen, a free STI/HIV screening event on Friday, October 30th from 9pm to midnight! Go ahead and take advantage of the free testing offered #knowyourstatus.

Have a fun & safe Halloween ya' ghouls!

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