How is COVID-19 going to effect Halloween this year?

A: Halloween may look a little different this year, but it doesn’t have to be drastically so for trick or treaters. They are still able to The CDC suggests the following five ways to make trick or treating safer:

  • Avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters.
  • Give out treats outdoors, if possible.
  • Set up a station with individually-bagged treats for kids to take.
  • Wash your hands before handling treats.
  • Wear a mask (face covering).

One thing you may want to do is incorporate a cloth face covering as part of your costume. Get creative with it! Or, maybe this year, the most popular costume will be a medical professional – that isn’t bad either! However, please note that a costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth face covering. Masks should not be worn by children under the age of 2. And remember to bring the hand sanitizer if you are not able to wash your hands with soap and water. If touching many frequently-touched surfaces, be sure to liberally use sanitizer that has at least 60% alcohol content.

As is the case with all Halloween goodies, be sure to inspect everything before giving it to children to eat. While some people may not like the idea of wiping down each individual piece of candy, before giving it to their child(ren), doing this also ensures that you are examining candy for things like sharp objects that may have been placed in candy. No one likes to think that someone out there would want to hurt a child, but the reality is, it can – and does – happen. Either way, by cleaning candy or simply by inspecting it, make no assumptions about the candy before giving it to your children.

Any large gatherings pose an inherent risk that has become part of so many activities in 2020. This year’s outdoor Halloween activities might end up being more effected by weather than by COVID-19. It has been a cold end to October and Halloween night is projected to be windy and cold. And so, some of the outdoor activities, which may be safer environments, may be less enjoyable because of the temperatures projected in the 20s and 30s as day transitions to night.

But there are still things you can do as a family:

  • Go driving through the community looking at Halloween decorations.
  • Arranging a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt in your back yard or home.
  • Find a scary movie or two on TV or your preferred streaming service. Or better yet, come up with your own scary ideas and use your phone to make your own family scenes.
  • Design a scary scene in your front yard. If you incorporate a jack-o-lantern into your decorum, be sure to use battery-operated lights, and not lit candles.

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