Halloween may look a little different this year in order to keep everyone safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be a good time to teach the importance of protecting ourselves and others while still being creative. Here are some ways we can still have fun while being safe!
OUTDOOR COMMUNITY EVENTS
Look for community events in outdoor venues in your area. Continue social distancing practices (keep 6 feet or more away from others, avoid large crowds, and avoid clustering in one area), wearing masks, and wash hand frequently
HALLOWEEN ACTIVITIES AT HOME
Host an online costume party with friends and family
Pumpkin decorating (Always be careful with little fingers if carving. Painting or markers may be a safer alternative for little hands)
Spooky movie night
Making Halloween treats
OUTDOOR COSTUME PARADE
Organize an outdoor costume parade for children on your street or in your neighborhood. Keep participants 6 feet apart and wear a face mask. Remember that a costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth face covering or medical mask unless it has multiple layers of soft breathable fabric and covers the mouth and nose snugly.
TRICK OR TREATING
If there is trick or treating in your neighborhood, avoid large groups and clustering. If you hand out treats, consider setting up outside and having individually prepackaged treat bags. Remember to wear a mask if you are handing out treats.
We still are not sure how much COVID-19 spreads from touching objects. It may be best to wipe off the packages or let them sit for a few days. Good hand washing before and after trick or treating and hand sanitizer throughout will be important.