You’re safe to embrace the ghouls, ghosts and goblins this Halloween — as long as you’re outside, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

  • “It’s a good time to reflect on why it’s important to get vaccinated. But go out there and enjoy Halloween as well as the other holidays that will be coming up,” Fauci told CNN over the weekend.
  • “Particularly if you’re vaccinated, you can get out there — you’re outdoors for the most part,” he said told CNN. “I mean, this is a time that children love.”

Fauci’s comments come as the average rate of COVID-19 cases has dipped below 100,000 per day in the U.S. Fauci said he hopes to see cases drop below 10,000 below. But the recent dip is a good start toward seeing the end of the pandemic.

  • “We have to just be careful that we don’t prematurely declare victory in many respects. We still have around 68 million people who are eligible to be vaccinated that have not yet gotten vaccinated,” Fauci said, per CNN.

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said at the end of September that Halloween will look a little more normal for 2021 compared to previous years. Still, Walensky said people might want to avoid indoor events.

  • “I wouldn’t necessarily go to a crowded Halloween party, but I think that we should be able to let our kids go trick-or-treating in small groups,” Walensky said. “I hope that we can do that this year.”