2020 Halloween Safety
We've gotten a lot of questions about Halloween and whether or not trick-or-treating is a go! The decision to go trick-or-treating is up to you; however, if you're heading out this Halloween, there are a few things to keep in mind before you go!
This week the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pushed out information regarding Halloween and trick-or-treating. We've compiled their suggestions for your consideration.
Low to no risk Halloween activities:
• Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household and displaying them.
• Carving or decorating pumpkins outside, at a safe distance, with neighbors or friends.
• Decorating your house, apartment, or living space.
• Doing a Halloween scavenger hunt of Halloween-themed things to look for while they walk outdoors from house to house, admiring Halloween decorations at a distance.
• Having a virtual Halloween costume contest.
• Having a Halloween movie night with people with whom you live.
• Having a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your household members in or around your home rather than going house to house.
Moderate risk activities:
• Participating in one-way trick-or-treating where individually wrapped goodie bags are lined up for families to grab and go while continuing to social distance (such as at the end of a driveway or the edge of a yard).
• Having a small group, outdoor, open-air costume parade where a safe social distance can be maintained.
• Attending a costume party held outdoors where protective masks are used, and people can remain more than 6 feet apart.
• A costume mask (such as for Halloween) is not a substitute for a cloth mask. A costume mask should not be used unless it is made of two or more breathable fabric layers covering the mouth and nose and doesn't leave gaps around the face.
• Do not wear a costume mask over a protective cloth mask because it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe. Instead, consider using a Halloween-themed cloth mask.
• Having an outdoor Halloween movie night with local family friends with people spaced at least 6 feet apart.
The CDC suggests that you avoid these higher-risk activities to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19:
• Participating in traditional trick-or-treating where treats are handed to children who go door to door.
• Having trunk-or-treat where treats are handed out from trunks of cars lined up in large parking lots.
• Attending crowded costume parties held indoors.
• Going to an indoor haunted house where people may be crowded together and screaming.
Other safety tips for this Halloween:
• The brighter, the better. Choose bright colors and flame-retardant materials for your child's costume. We also recommend adding reflective tape to their costume or treat bags so they can easily be seen by cars.
• Wear the right size. Make sure your child's costume is sized correctly to prevent a tripping hazard.
• Go with. We recommend that you go with children under the age of 12. We also suggest that you bring a flashlight with fresh batteries to walk safely in the dark.
• Establish ground rules. If your child is going trick-or-treating without you, establish a route ahead of time and a set time to be home. Cover safety topics, including staying with a group, walking on the sidewalk, going to only well-lit homes, and never going inside a house or car for a treat.
• Inspect treats before indulging. We recommend looking over your child's treats before eating them and tossing anything unsealed, has torn packaging or looks questionable.