FARGO — Houses in Fargo are filling with pumpkins and skeletons, as Halloween weekend draws closer.
It's also the season for Halloween parties. One Fargo mom, who wanted to remain anonymous, said was a concern when her daughter told her about a planned party at the Delta Hotel by Marriott.
"I said, 'Well, tell me more about that,' and she said, 'I knew you wouldn't let me go,' so it said 'Swipe up for more information,' and I did not swipe up because I didn't need more information," she said in a phone interview with WDAY.
She said the party would've involved about 100 Fargo Davies students, which she believes may be a part of the same group that caught heat for a similar homecoming party in Moorhead recently.
The mom said the party has since been canceled, but she believes it may be moved to a house.
Brenton Nesemeier, a field epidemiologist with the North Dakota Department of Health, said they're discouraging big Halloween parties this year.
"I wouldn't say that (parties are) recommended at all," he said. "There's really no way to keep those parties safe, because of keeping people wearing masks. If alcohol's involved at those parties, the masks come off."
Nesemeier said any kind of Halloween party should be limited to 10 people or fewer, even if friends want to invite more friends.
"Those situations are tough, but you know, you just have to remind people that we're just trying to be safe here," he said.
This advice is something the Fargo mom feels state leaders need to be echoing.
"If we were strongly told, 'Do not be having house parties with more than 10 people,' that would make a big difference, I think," she said.
Nesemeier said if you are having a party, he suggests having it outdoors, if possible.
If you do plan on having more than 10 guests, Nesemeier said to have some of them celebrate with you virtually.