Hershey's "Is It Safe to Trick-Or-Treat?" Map

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By Y98 St. Louis

Halloween is mere weeks away and families across the country are likely wondering whether or not trick-or-treating is happening this year as the coronavirus pandemic remains a concern. So to help make planning a little easier, Hershey has helped launch a new Halloween website that shows you what the COVID-19 risk is in your community so you can decide whether or not it's safe to trick-or-treat in your town."

The map allows users to hover over every county in the country to see if it's in a Green, Yellow, Orange, or Red zone.

For instance, if you live in a Green zone, trick-or-treating is presumably safe to do while also following safety guidelines like social distancing.

In Yellow zones, a bit more caution is advised for trick-or-treating on Halloween. "Focus on safety first and make sure you're only visiting the neighbors that have safety measures in place!" the Halloween website says.

For communities in Orange zones, the map suggests exercising more caution and getting creative, like trick-or-treating in reverse where kids stay on their front lawns and adults drive by with candy. "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," Hershey says on the website.

In Red zones, families should consider invite-only Halloween parties, Zoom get-togethers, or just watching scary movies on Netflix to be as safe as possible.

The company also recommends that trick-or-treaters heading out on Oct. 31, which is a Saturday this year, should only go to houses where the residents have taken the Safe House Pledge. The pledge, which can be printed off as a certificate, includes promises from parents and trick-or-treaters that they will stay home if they've been sick, are staying six feet apart from anyone outside of their household, washing their hands and wearing protective face masks.

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