Tips for having a safe Halloween amid the COVID-19 pandemic

safe Halloween-Trick-or-treat!! Usually the important question on Halloween is, what should I dress up for this Halloween? But this year, there is another thing to worry about. Covid-19. Don’t let Covid-19 cancel your Halloween. So, there are only a few times left until gangs of ghouls, goblins, scary ghosts and cute fairies are ringing your doorbell hoping to receive their favourite sweet Treat. So, are you ready or are you thinking how the coronavirus will impact Halloween.

Check your local CoronaVirus updates and consider the situation:

If you are living in a place with increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases, you should consider it and make appropriate decisions accordingly. Experts suggest that a positive rate higher than 5% (meaning 5% or more of Covid-19 tests are coming back positive) should set off alarm bells.

In some places where viruses are widely circulating are banning trick-or-treating. Please take your community guidelines seriously because that indicates how much risk you and your family could face by going out.

You also need to consider your personal risk level. Older adults and people with underlying conditions, including type 2 diabetes, kidney disease, heart conditions, cancer and obesity, are more likely to become seriously ill and require hospitalization if they catch the coronavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). You should err on the side of caution.

Add the right masks in your costumes: Halloween is the one time of year it’s easy to get kids to wear masks. But typically, the mask that comes with their costumes doesn’t offer sufficient protection against the coronavirus. With a plastic mask that covers the face but doesn’t prevent respiratory droplets — the kind that can transmit the coronavirus — from getting in or out. Children can wear these costume masks but only if they also put on a COVID-19 protective face covering underneath or on top. Another choice of mask that is both decorative and protective — you’ll probably see lots of them this year. Be sure any mask you purchase has at least two layers of cotton and fits snugly over the mouth and nose. Keep Social Distance while distributing candy This year, it will be a better idea to place your candy outside instead of keeping the candy inside home so kids can pick it up without any close interaction with you. You can make packs with candies and be creative instead of putting it in a single bowl or making an adorable candy chute out of 6 foot PVC pipe plus some cheesecloth, paint, glue and plastic skeleton decorations. Placing a candy in one end of the chute lets you stay away from the child, while she’ll have great fun collecting her treat from the other end.

Add the right masks in your costumes:

Halloween is the one time of year it’s easy to get kids to wear masks. But typically, the mask that comes with their costumes doesn’t offer sufficient protection against the coronavirus. With a plastic mask that covers the face but doesn’t prevent respiratory droplets — the kind that can transmit the coronavirus — from getting in or out. Children can wear these costume masks but only if they also put on a COVID-19 protective face covering underneath or on top.

Another choice of mask that is both decorative and protective — you’ll probably see lots of them this year. Be sure any mask you purchase has at least two layers of cotton and fits snugly over the mouth and nose.

Keep Social Distance while distributing candy

This year, it will be a better idea to place your candy outside instead of keeping the candy inside home so kids can pick it up without any close interaction with you.

You can make packs with candies and be creative instead of putting it in a single bowl or making an adorable candy chute out of 6 foot PVC pipe plus some cheesecloth, paint, glue and plastic skeleton decorations. Placing a candy in one end of the chute lets you stay away from the child, while she’ll have great fun collecting her treat from the other end.

How to make it-

Switch up the Trick-or-Treating

Add the right masks in your costumes: Halloween is the one time of year it’s easy to get kids to wear masks. But typically, the mask that comes with their costumes doesn’t offer sufficient protection against the coronavirus. With a plastic mask that covers the face but doesn’t prevent respiratory droplets — the kind that can transmit the coronavirus — from getting in or out. Children can wear these costume masks but only if they also put on a COVID-19 protective face covering underneath or on top. Another choice of mask that is both decorative and protective — you’ll probably see lots of them this year. Be sure any mask you purchase has at least two layers of cotton and fits snugly over the mouth and nose. Keep Social Distance while distributing candy This year, it will be a better idea to place your candy outside instead of keeping the candy inside home so kids can pick it up without any close interaction with you. You can make packs with candies and be creative instead of putting it in a single bowl or making an adorable candy chute out of 6 foot PVC pipe plus some cheesecloth, paint, glue and plastic skeleton decorations. Placing a candy in one end of the chute lets you stay away from the child, while she’ll have great fun collecting her treat from the other end.

If your children are very young, they might trick-or-treat inside your own home, going from room to room where they get treats or candy. You can even make it like an Easter egg hunt, hiding sweets in every room. 

Older kids should ideally go out with the siblings they live with rather than with friends. If they must socialize with children outside your household, keep it to one or two, and encourage social distancing.

Keep Parties Tiny and Outdoors

This is not the year to host or attend a big Halloween party, even if it is your annual tradition. a small outdoor gathering with a couple of friends, all appropriately masked and socially distant, is probably okay.

Just be sure to nix the bobbing for apples.

For those with concerns about handling candy, it’s recommended putting the treats in a corner or outside for upwards of six hours to let any possible virus die off, and to keep hands sanitized if you plan on handing over any treats to your costumed visitors.

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17 thoughts on “Safe Halloween -Tips for having a safe Halloween amid the COVID-19 pandemic

  1. These are some great, creative tips to be able to still enjoy Halloween in a safe way during this pandemic. We don’t celebrate Halloween where I’m from, but I can imagine it’s a lot of fun and a special day / time of the year for many and with positive, safe tips like these, people will still be able to enjoy it like all the years before. Have fun! X

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  2. Yeah…. it is so sad that Halloween will not be normal this year. We too are not trick or treating in my area…. just getting lots of candy for the kiddos at home and we will dress up and have some fun. Maybe watch a good scary movie and play some games 🙂

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  3. These are great tips for those who will be out and about doing trick of treating. I dont think we will travelling far this year, but we might pop over just to our neighbour’s house

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  4. The holiday season will be so tricky this year to navigate. These are great tips…the big issue for me is handing out candy to trick-or-treaters. I’m not even sure if I will get any but if I do, I’m making individual baggies.

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  5. Great tips. We don’t celebrate Halloween here but in have noticed that people’s lives have gone back to normal. People are non longer wearing masks and the social distance is no longer practiced.

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  6. These are great tips! Our city is holding trick or treat, but we don’t feel comfortable. But yesterday they actually did a drive-thru trick or treat at spots around the city. It was great!

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