• It's not safe to trick-or-treat or go to a haunted house during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • But drive-thrus are a relatively risk-free pandemic activity, as long as passengers remain only with their own households or social bubbles in the car, and keep a safe distance from others. 
  • Here are nine stunning photos of some of the spookiest, cleverest Halloween drive-thrus across the country. 
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Many traditional Halloween frights and thrills are off-limits to anyone wanting to stay safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

Haunted houses are a no-go in 2020: being crowded indoors with strangers who are screaming and shouting is a very dangerous pandemic activity.

Trick-or-treating is also ill-advised. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists handing out candy to children who go door-to-door this year in its highest-risk Halloween activity category, because of all the close up breathing, talking, and touching that can happen.

But, as long as you remain with people in your own household, and wear a mask, riding in a car for a Halloween scare is a relatively safe pandemic activity.

Check out how people are rolling through Halloween drive-thrus across the country right now:  

The Haunt-o-ween drive-thru snakes through a mall parking lot in Los Angeles, and includes this spooky tunnel.

The ride lasts about half an hour, and costs $70 per car.

At the drive-thru, passengers can roll down their windows …

… but only with masks on.

Actors dressed in costume along the route must stay at least six feet away from the cars. 

Individually wrapped candies are doled out using a pole-and-bucket system.

The protocol lines up well with the CDC's trick-or-treating guidance, which suggests keeping a six-foot distance from others, avoiding direct contact, and giving treats outdoors. 

At the nearby 'Halloween Road' earlier this month, travelers were treated to performances …

… and more socially distanced treats-by-pole.

Just 58% of Americans say they are celebrating Halloween this year, down ten points from 68% in 2019, according to the National Retail Federation.

According to the NRF's polling, pumpkin carving and household decorating are slightly more popular this year than they were in 2019, as those are generally COVID-safe activities, when done by a single household or social bubble.

But more people surveyed say they are abstaining from other, riskier Halloween events in 2020, like trick-or-treating, handing out candy, and partying — all activities that could easily propel the spread of the virus.  

For those who don't plan to celebrate Halloween this year, there is always the option to use drive-thrus for their more old fashioned purposes. Wendy's is doing both, and has turned one of its California fast food locations into a 3-day long "scare-thru."

The pop-up scare-thru ends on Halloween, under a full, blue moon. 

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