Thinking COVID will stop little monsters from knocking on your door this Halloween? Think again. Nearly a quarter of Americans still plan on trick-or-treating this Halloween (23%), according to the National Retail Federation. Another survey found that just 35% plan to hand out candy for trick-or-treaters. It shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that the CDC is advising against traditional trick-or-treating, where kids put on costumes and go door to door getting sweets from their neighbors. The agency published guidelines for the holidays, which includes Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Besides the standard protocols, the CDC advised to not use a costume mask as a substitute for a cloth mask unless it is made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers your mouth and nose and doesn’t leave gaps around your face and to not wear a costume mask over a cloth mask because it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) shared a similar set of guidelines advising children and adults to avoid large gatherings, and to meet outdoors, maintain a distance of six feet from others, wear cloth face coverings and wash their hands frequently. With regards to trick-or-treating, the AAP suggests that families avoid groups or clustering at doorsteps, and that residents giving treats consider handing out prepackaged treat bags while sitting outside — and wearing face masks, of course.