Is trick-or-treating in 2020 safe? Many of us are starting to ask this question. Fall is here, which means Halloween is right around the corner. Of course, Halloween will look different this year but there are still lots of ways to make it fun for the kids and those in your social bubble.
Have some Halloween Fun at Home
Consider hosting a virtual costume party, go overboard decorating the house, carve outlandish pumpkins, try your hand at making fun Halloween treats, or set up a treat hide-and-seek throughout the house or yard.
Staying Safe Outside of the home on Halloween
If you have decided to partake in Halloween festivities outside of the home this year consider the following tips:
- Avoid house parties and school dances
- Avoid indoor haunted house activities
- Avoid hayride or tractor rides with people who are not in your household or bubble
- Wear a mask
- Stay within your own neighbourhood to trick-or-treat
- Select the homes of neighbours that you know and trust
- Keep children in small groups
- Stay in open air
- Avoid direct contact with other trick-or-treaters
- Give treats outdoor
- Ensure children select one candy if they are in a bowl – not dig around a candy bowl touching multiple pieces.
- Don’t allow children to share props or toys and hold their own candy bag not share with a friend
- Avoid touching doorbells or railings
- Wash hands when handling treats
- Carry hand sanitizer and help children use it properly avoiding their face and eyes
- Ensure children wash their hands when they return home after trick-or-treating
Follow The CDC Guidelines
The CDC has some pointers when it comes to mask wearing on Halloween:
- wear a mask but do not wear a costume mask over a cloth mask – it can make breathing more difficult
- a costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask
- make your cloth mask part of your costume
Avoid Spraying Halloween Candy with Lysol or other Chemical Disinfectants
I have heard people suggest they will “spray collected Halloween candy with Lysol”. Please don’t do this. Chemical sprays have no place on items that children will touch as the chemical will end up on their hands and ultimately in their mouth or eyes.
If anything, have your kids choose a couple of treats they would like to enjoy when they return home from trick-or-treating and unwrap the candy for them. Avoid touching the treat itself, being sure to wash your hands afterwards. This allows for less contact points. Then simply leave the treats for three days before allowing them to indulge.
Without too much disruption, kids can still enjoy Halloween in 2020 while keeping themselves and others healthy and safe!
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