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Halloween Safety: Tips to Stay Healthy

If you plan to celebrate Halloween outside your home, follow the official guidelines to help keep you, your family and your community safe from COVID-19 and the flu.

October 27, 2020

Halloween safety tips

Halloween activities are designed to be fun for kids and adults, but this year there is more emphasis on health and safety to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and the flu. The safest way to celebrate Halloween this year is to enjoy the night with the people who live in your household. Consider decorating your house or apartment, decorating and carving pumpkins, playing Halloween-themed games, watching movies, and trick-or-treating at your house or in a backyard scavenger hunt.

If you are planning to celebrate outside your home, make sure you follow the official guidelines on Halloween safety to help keep you, your family and your community safe. 

Important: Do not participate in trick-or-treating or Halloween celebrations with others if you’re sick, in isolation or mandatory quarantine, or are considered to be at high risk for developing severe symptoms of COVID-19 or the flu.

Giving out Treats

  • Wear a mask
  • Avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters
  • Keep trick-or-treaters outside
  • Avoid using a bowl to distribute candy
  • Provide individually bagged treats or drop treats directly into each child’s bag
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces, like the doorbell, throughout the evening
  • Wash hands frequently and before handling treats or handing out candy

Accompanying Trick-or-Treaters

  • Wear a cloth mask
  • Bring hand sanitizer and use after touching objects or other people
  • Maintain a distance of six feet away from others who do not live with you
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when you get home and before eating treats 

How to prevent and treat the flu 

Masking Guidance

  • Make your cloth mask part of your costume
  • A costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask
  • Do not wear a costume mask unless you are also wearing a snug-fitting proper cloth mask underneath and can breathe without restrictions

Safe Halloween Activities

  • Decorate and carve pumpkins
  • Decorate your home for Halloween
  • Walk from house to house, admiring Hallowing decorations at a distance
  • Visit a pumpkin patch or orchard while wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, and hand hygiene
  • Go to a one-way, walk-through haunted forest or corn maze
  • Avoid activities that involve screaming, shouting, or singing within 12 feet of other people

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