Many parents have been wondering if trick-or-treating is "allowed"  this Halloween in Cedar Rapids and Linn County, while others have decided and insist that regardless of guidance and encouragement from public officials, they know by now what to do to play it safe for themselves and their kids to have fun with safe trick-or-treating.

For those still hoping to arm themselves with a little of that official guidance before heading out, the Linn County Department of Public Health has rolled out a set of standards it recommends, according to KCRG.

The good news is they are not outright banning trick-or-treating, but they do strongly suggest avoiding large gatherings, particularly haunted houses and indoor parties.

The remaining list of suggestions includes familiar ones like staying home if you're sick with COVID-19 or similar symptoms. Do not collect or give out candy if you are sick. Bring and use hand sanitizer frequently if out (but don't be that person who gives it as a treat).

Halloween is a holiday to mask up already and now that includes your protective mask (covering the mouth and nose) underneath your costume mask.

Only go out trick-or-treating with members of your immediate household, make sure parents have thoroughly checked the candy you've brought home before you consume it, and while out on Halloween, carry and use a flashlight or glow stick.

LDPH is relying on parents or guardians to discuss the importance of 6 feet of physical distance between groups and individuals, which is also still  recommended.

No one wants to spoil the fun, but no one wants the fun to lead to a terrible illness.

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