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Frolicking around town with gaggles of friends, sticking hands into bowls full of candy, and gorging on treats from neighbors are classic Halloween activities for kids. But this year, parents are second guessing trick-or-treating in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and wondering if it’s safe to celebrate Halloween at all.
Halloween might look a little different this year, but there’s no need to call the whole thing off. Let these tips and ideas help you plan a safe and fun Halloween for your family.
Is It Safe to Celebrate Halloween?
This is the question on every parent’s mind as Halloween approaches. Unfortunately, the answer is not as simple as a “yes” or “no.”
- Before deciding how to celebrate Halloween, check the COVID-19 risk level in your community.
- Parents should also assess their family’s risk level. If you live with elderly family members or someone in your family has an underlying health condition, it’s smart to play it safe this Halloween.
- Your child’s age matters too. Are your children old enough to follow social distancing while trick-or-treating? If not, opt for a lower-risk activity instead.
Safe Trick-or-Treating Tips
The Centers for Disease Control recommends families avoid traditional door-to-door trick or treating and trunk or treat events this year. However, that doesn’t mean kids can’t enjoy this beloved Halloween activity.
- Contactless creations like candy chutes, candy cannons, and even candy-delivery robots reduce the risk of trick-or-treating. For a simpler solution, prepare individually-wrapped bags that kids can grab while social distancing.
- Practice COVID-19 safety when preparing Halloween candy and trick-or-treating, including wearing face masks, washing your hands, and carrying hand sanitizer.
- Look for ways to incorporate face masks into Halloween costumes, but know that Halloween masks aren’t a substitute for a cloth face covering.
- There’s no need to sanitize candy before digging in, experts say, but cautious parents may want to quarantine treats for a couple of days and buy other candy to enjoy on Halloween.
Alternative Halloween Ideas
Prefer to skip trick-or-treating this year? There are plenty of other ways for your family to celebrate Halloween without missing out!
- Celebrating at home as a family is the safest option this Halloween. Decorating, carving pumpkins, watching Halloween-themed movies, and having a jack-o-lantern hunt are a few ways to have fun at home.
- Families can also play Halloween party games like spider races, eyeball pong, and a skeleton scavenger hunt to add more fun to the festivities.
- Staying outdoors keeps small get-togethers with friends and neighbors safe. A DIY fire pit makes a festive centerpiece for a Halloween party with your pod.
- For a safer way to connect with family and friends, host a virtual Halloween party complete with a costume contest, games, and decorations.
- Need more fun Halloween ideas? Check out the CDC’s list of low- and moderate-risk Halloween activities for your family to enjoy this Halloween.
Don’t cancel Halloween just because of the coronavirus. Even in a pandemic, there are safe ways for your family to celebrate this cherished holiday. Whether you go out and about (socially distanced, of course!) or stay home to celebrate, your kids are sure to enjoy this Halloween.
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