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Bethel First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker says COVID-19 has put a damper on some of the usual Halloween activities this year. But he says it’s still possible for kids to enjoy the holiday.  He repeated CDC recommendations of carving or decorating pumpkins, having a Halloween scavenger hunt, a virtual costume contest or a movie night with the family.  Moderate risk activities include participating in one-way trick or treating where individually wrapped goodie bags are lined up for families to grab and go while continuing to social distance. Anyone preparing goodie bags to be placed outside, instead of the traditional handing out of candy, should practice proper hand hygiene.  Anyone hosting a costume party, should hold it outside. A costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask and should not be worn over a protective mask because it can be harder to breathe.  Anyone visiting pumpkin patches or orchards should use hand sanitizer before touching pumpkins or picking apples, wear a mask and social distance.

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