Halloween is trickier this year. How do you stay safe while celebrating?

Anoka Halloween parade
Parade watchers, many in their own costumes, line Main Street during the annual Halloween parade on Oct. 28, 2011, in Anoka, Minn., which claims to be the Halloween Capital of the World.
Jim Mone | AP Photo 2011

Halloween is much trickier this year. 

Many households are asking if they should let their children go trick-or-treating or participate in other Halloween activities, while others wonder if they should open their doors when trick-or-treaters come knocking.

An infectious disease doctor joined MPR News host Angela Davis to talk about staying safe during the Halloween festivities. We also heard from an organizer with Anoka Halloween, which has come up with an alternative to a big parade to mark the occasion.


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  • Dr. Beth Thielen is an assistant professor in the University of Minnesota Medical School and an adult and pediatric infectious diseases physician with M Health Fairview.

  • John Jost is the chair of the 100th Anniversary Committee for Anoka Halloween.

Davis also checked in on this year’s flu season. How reliable is the flu shot? Can you be diagnosed with COVID-19 and the flu? 


  • Dr. Priya Sampathkumar is an infectious disease specialist at Mayo Clinic.

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