The COVID-19 pandemic is still a widespread concern throughout the nation. As we come closer to the end of the year, families all over are wondering how to celebrate the upcoming holidays safely. For many families, this will be the first time where trick-or-treating can be a cause for concern.
Here are some of the ways we can keep ourselves and our children safe during this year’s Halloween festivities:
Wear face coverings
If you plan on going out this Halloween, please remember to wear a mask! The CDC provides helpful recommendations on how to wear masks while out in public. Wearing masks while also taking everyday preventive actions can help prevent or limit the spread of COVID-19. Please note, that costume masks are generally not effective at preventing the spread of the virus.
Why not make mask-wearing fun? You can create a DIY facemask to incorporate with your child’s costume this Halloween.
Use social distancing
Whether you’re celebrating Halloween at an event or going door-to-door for trick-or-treating, you’ll want to make sure that you’re only traveling with the members of your household. The CDC also recommends maintaining at least six-feet of social distancing from others and keeping interactions brief. Don’t forget to wear your mask!
Maintain hand hygiene
Prevent the spread of the virus by maintaining hand hygiene. Wash your hands often, avoid touching your face, and have a travel-sized bottle of hand sanitizer ready when going out. After your children are done trick-or-treating, make sure everyone washes their hands before unwrapping and eating the candy. Don’t share costume props or food. Lastly, if anyone feels sick, make sure to stay home!
Prepare for “one-way” trick-or-treating
If you’re planning to give out candy this Halloween, you can make it a safe “one-way” interaction outdoors by:
- Making treat bags and hanging them from streamers for kids to grab
- Placing a bowl of candy and a bottle of hand sanitizer at the end of the driveway or walkway
- Setting up a table to stand behind while handing out candy using tongs
- Always wearing a mask around others and maintain good hand hygiene while handling candy
- Not allowing children to grab candy on their own
This year, trick-or-treating is considered a higher-risk activity. You may want to consider hosting an alternative event to celebrate Halloween to help limit exposure to COVID-19.
Hosting another creative Halloween event
Here are some safer alternatives to trick-or-treating that you can try with the family:
- Host a Halloween movie night or costume party over online chat applications, like Zoom
- Have a Halloween karaoke party and sing your favorite spooky tunes with the family
- Spend the night at home making your favorite Halloween treats
- Coordinate a contact-free neighborhood scavenger hunt
- Organize a neighborhood car parade or socially distanced costume parade and toss out treat bags with candy
You and your family can still have fun participating in the spooky festivities this year. Just remember to stay safe during this time and stay at home if you’re feeling sick. We hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween!