The Covid-19 pandemic has changed people’s lives all over the world. And, as fall has arrived and Halloween is coming, parents are wondering if trick-or-treating will be canceled for 2020? Luckily, it’s probably not. However, this Halloween is going to be a little different, and it will depend on where you live too. Sadly, in some places, trick-or-treating is not recommended after previously being banned like in Los Angeles. Therefore, it’s not a bad idea to check in with your local health officials for updates on trick-or-treating in your area first. Also, you still need to follow some safety guidelines. Now, when you know what to expect. Here are some tips to stay safe while trick-or-treating.
Use a Probable Mask with the Halloween Costume
Yes, we know this might ruin your kid’s costume this year. However, it’s not too late to add some adjustment to make it both safe and “scary”! When social distancing is difficult to maintain during Halloween, we still need to keep the mask on. Also, you should consider buying costumes that allow your kid to wear a mask properly to provide the best protection. And, make sure they carry sanitizer to wash their hands regularly.
Keep in mind that a costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask. The only exception is adding or buying normal cloth mask with a few adding details and turn it into part of the costume mask for your kids. On top of that, don’t let your kids wear a cloth mask under their costume mask because that can make them hard to breathe.
Since the traditional handing out candy is not an option anymore, consider turning it into one-way trick-or-treating. Be creative and turn this downside into a great way to celebrate the holiday. That means you might need to put goodie bags a bit further from your doorway (at least 6 feet). If you don’t like that idea, be creative and turn this downside into a great way to celebrate the holiday like using a spooky tube to deliver candy. In this case, letting kids use your doorbell seems impossible. So, you may need to add a temper bell outside.
In addition, when you prepare or give these goodie bags to children, make sure to wash your hands first. And, try to avoid taking from or leaving a bowl filled with candy outside.
Enjoy Lower Risk Activities
There are still plenty of ways to enjoy the holiday even when you are limited from public activities. You can still have fun decorating your home, grabbing your family members for a Halloween movie night, or carving pumpkins together. As for lower-risk activities with neighbors and friends, try a virtual Halloween costume contest at a safe distance outdoors.
Use the CDC Halloween Map
To help families safely plan their Halloween, the CDC offers a color-coded interactive map of COVID-19 risk levels throughout the country. The risk levels from the lowest to highest are green, yellow, orange, and red. That indicates what is safe to do in those areas.
In green zones, it’s quite safe to celebrate the holiday while following social distancing rules. With the yellow zones, the CDC recommends only visiting neighbors who also follow proper safety measures. The protocol is the same but you need to be more careful in orange zones. The CDC only recommends activities that maintain a good distance like having neighbors walk or drive by to deliver candy as kids stand in their front yards dressed up. And, because there are too many risks involved in red zones, the CDC suggests activities like Zoom parties or scavenger hunts at home.
Stay Home if You Don’t Feel Well
Individuals who may be considered high-risk for COVID-19 should take extra precautions, especially on Halloween. If you or your kids are sick, talk with your doctor and enjoy Halloween at home. Be responsible and let your kid learn that from you!
Parents need to be aware of COVID circulating in their community, follow guidelines, and make decisions based on local guidelines to ensure a safe Halloween experience for their kids. If you have any questions, feel free to let us know in the comments. Stay safe and happy Halloween!