In his ongoing effort to ruin childhood fun for every boy and girl in the state, Governor Baker and his health department have issued Halloween safety guidance for all cities and towns.

Not surprisingly, the guidance is made “consistent with” directions from the Center for Diseases Control and Prevention.

The recommendations contain the same type of bureaucratic drivel we’ve heard for the past year and a half.  Here are some of the health department’s suggestions:

Wear a face mask covering…A costume mask is not a substitute for a face mask or face covering.  To protect yourself and others, ensure you are wearing a protective face mask or covering instead of or in addition to a costume mask.

Hold virtual costume contests or pumpkin carving events.

Decorate your yard for others to enjoy from their car or while on a socially-distanced walk.

Instead of traditional trick or treating, opt for one-way trick-or-treating, with treats placed outside of the home.

Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet of physical distance from all other participants who are not members of the same household.

Whatever you do, health officials want you to avoid costume parties, tractor rides, and “haunted houses where people may be crowded together and screaming.”

What’s truly scary is the vast number of poor kids who will be subjected to these recommendations by their credulous parents.

Thankfully, East Longmeadow has not bothered to post the Halloween guidance to the town’s website or make any public advisories concerning the recommendations. Though this could simply be due to the fact that the health board, which would usually parrot the state’s guidance, is currently vacant.