Halloween Guidance & Online Costume Contest

Spook Safely This Halloween

Our love for Halloween is as strong as ever! We can still celebrate in safe, fun, and unexpected ways. Take a moment to read through 2020 Halloween guidance and don't miss the info about the Online Costume Contest below.

Online Costume Contest

Looking for information about the Montrose County Online Costume Contest? SCROLL DOWN for details!

Personal Gatherings are Limited to Ten People and No More Than Two Households

In response to an alarming increase in hospitalizations due to COVID-19, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) amended its Safer at Home public health order on 10/23/20 to limit personal gatherings in all counties at all Safer at Home levels. The revised order reduces the size of personal gatherings to no more than 10 people from no more than two separate households.

General Recommendations

Follow local guidance.

COVID-19 risk varies depending on the spread in specific communities, so follow the guidance of your local public health department. Use Colorado’s COVID dial framework to help determine how to celebrate Halloween in your community this year, especially when considering group sizes.

Protect yourself and others.

Regardless of a community’s level on the dial dashboard, people should not participate in any in-person activities, including handing out candy, if they:

  • Are sick, especially with COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and are currently in the quarantine period.
  • Have recently tested positive for COVID-19 and are currently in the isolation period.
  • People at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 should think about the risks and benefits of activities they are considering. Participating in virtual activities is the safest option.
  • Wear a mask that fully covers your nose and mouth, wash your hands frequently, and keep your distance whenever you are out in public or around people who are not a part of your household.
Choose the safest options.
  • Outdoor gatherings are generally safer than indoor gatherings.
  • Smaller groups are generally safer than larger groups.
  • Shorter gatherings are generally safer than longer gatherings.
  • It’s safer to gather with people who consistently wear masks, keep physical distance, and follow other prevention recommendations.

Personal Gatherings, All Dial Levels

  • Follow local and state group size and mask orders and guidance, and use the dial framework for all indoor personal gatherings.
  • Have Halloween events outside whenever possible.
  • Remind guests to stay home if they have COVID-19 symptoms, are positive for COVID-19, or have had recent close contact with someone with COVID-19.
  • Remind guests to wear masks that cover their nose and mouth at all times when around others (except when eating or drinking), wash their hands frequently, and maintain at least 6 feet of distance. Have a supply of back-up masks at your event in case a guest needs one.
  • Avoid buffet lines, self-serve table spreads, or bars where guests can congregate and handle shared food or drink; instead, hand out food to your guests individually. Use individually wrapped items, and pre-portion items before the event.
  • Provide access to restrooms and handwashing areas. Include soap and disposable towels or hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  • Avoid singing and shouting, as these activities may increase the risk of COVID-19 spread.
  • Keep a list of guests and their contact information so they can be notified quickly in the event of a COVID-19 exposure.
  • If gathering indoors, improve ventilation by bringing in air from outdoors (opening windows and doors when safe) or maximizing air filtration and circulation through an HVAC or portable system.


The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment encourages alternatives to traditional, door-to-door trick-or-treating this year to limit the potential spread of COVID-19.

  • Door-to-door trick-or-treating involves mixing lots of different households at close range. When you open your door to hand out candy, you are unlikely to be able to keep at least 6 feet of distance.
  • Door-to-door trick-or-treating means lots of closer interactions over a short period of time. Taken together, these may raise the risk of COVID-19 spread.
  • It can be hard not to mingle with friends and neighbors. Even if you intend not to interact, by being out and about, it may be hard to avoid.
  • Communicate with your neighbors to plan trick-or-treating this year. Get creative, and figure out ways to hand out candy while keeping appropriate distance. For example:
    • Line up individually wrapped treats at the end of the driveway or yard’s edge. Watch the fun, and enjoy the costumes from a distance.
    • Use a plastic slide, cardboard tubes, or plastic pipes to deliver candy from a distance.
    • Take kids on an outdoor, distanced treasure hunt to look for candy or Halloween-themed items.
  • Whatever form your trick-or-treating takes, it’s safest to:
    • Stay in your own neighborhood.
    • Have adults accompany trick-or-treaters to help them follow precautions.
    • Stay with your household members. Avoid mingling with groups from other households; stay at least 6 feet away from non-household members.
    • If going door-to-door, limit the time you spend at doorways.
    • Whether you’re trick-or-treating or handing out candy, keep your masks on -- save the candy eating for when you return home!
    • Follow regular Halloween safety tips such as decorating costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and carrying glow sticks or flashlights to help increase visibility among drivers.

Costume masks vs. COVID-19 Masks

Costume masks vs. COVID-19 masks

  • Costume masks are not a substitute for masks that protect against COVID-19 spread. Masks that protect against COVID-19, should be made from two or more breathable fabric layers that cover the nose and mouth, with no gaps around the face. Wear non-costume masks when indoors with non-household contacts and outdoors whenever 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained.
  • If wearing a costume mask over a cloth mask makes it hard to breathe, consider a Halloween-themed cloth mask as part of the costume instead.
  • While the state mask order applies to indoor settings only, specific counties may have outdoor mask orders.
  • Kids age 10 years and younger are not required to wear a mask, but we recommend everyone 3 years and older wear one, unless they cannot medically tolerate it.

Spook Safely: The Online Halloween Costume Contest

Halloween is all about the candy, and the creative costumes! While this year’s Halloween may look different from last year, Montrose County and Montrose County Public Health are adding to the spooky fun with a digital costume contest. Show us your best ghosts, Elsa, dinosaurs, and more for the chance to win top prizes! All eight exciting costume categories have equivalent prizes for the selected winners. Winners for each category will be chosen by our amazing panel of expert judges. Take a look below for some additional details about the 2020 Montrose County Halloween Costume Contest.

Costume Categories


1st Place: $75 Montrose Bucks
2nd Place: $50 Montrose Bucks
3rd Place: $25 Montrose Bucks

*Local gift card for the Olathe and West End residents if preferred.

How to Enter

Simply submit your photo via email to pr@montrosecounty.net. All entry photos will be posted on the Montrose County Facebook Page.

CONTEST RULES: Entries will be accepted through Sunday, November 1st and the winners will be announced the afternoon of Monday, November 2nd.

PRIZES: Winners will be awarded Montrose Bucks or a *local gift card for the Olathe and West End residents if preferred. Prizes for contest winners will be delivered via mail or may be picked-up following the announcement of the winning entries. In addition, the winning entries will also be posted on Montrose County’s Facebook page.

YOUR INFO: We will only use your email and/or phone as a means to notify you as a winner. Your information will not be displayed or shared with any third-parties. By entering the contest, you give Montrose County permission to use your contest entry on a social media post regarding the contest overall.

ELIGIBILITY AND JUDGING: Costumes will be judged on creativity, composition and acceptable standards of costume design. The judges are a panel of individuals from the Montrose Regional Joint Information System agencies. Judges shall determine winner eligibility in its sole and absolute discretion. All decisions made by the judges are final.
COSTUME RESTRICTIONS: Entries must not contain anything that is or may be: (i) threatening, harassing, degrading or hateful; (ii) defamatory; (iii) fraudulent or tortious; (iv) obscene, indecent or otherwise objectionable; (v) deemed to cause feelings of disharmony, enmity, hatred or hostility between different religious or racial groups; (vi) protected by copyright, trademark, patents, utility models, design patents or other proprietary right without the express prior written consent of the owner of such right; or (vii) dangerous or potentially dangerous, or that would encourage dangerous behavior from viewers, such as use of explosives and/or harmful substances; or (vii) contrary to governmental policies of any country whose residents are eligible to enter the Contest. Whether an entry violates this provision is within the sole discretion of Montrose County. Contestants violating these rules will be immediately disqualified.

USE OF NAME, LIKENESS, ETC.: By entering the Contest, you hereby acknowledge and agree that Montrose County shall have the unlimited right to use and publish your photograph on social media and in local media for the purpose of current or future event promotions and/or announcing contest winners.

At its sole discretion, Montrose County may disqualify any person whom it considers to have intentionally violated the Official Rules or any element of the Contest. By participating, entrants agree: (a) to be bound by the Contest Official Rules and the decisions of the person or persons who select the winners, and (b) to release, indemnify, and hold harmless Montrose County, and each of their respective affiliates, subsidiaries, and independent contractors, and their respective directors, officers, employees, and agents, including advertising and promotion agencies, (collectively, “Released Parties”) from any and all liability with respect to acceptance, possession or use (or misuse) of the prizes or participation in the Contest.