From the candy to the costumes, Halloween is a fun-filled time for kids and parents alike, but this festivity can can also pose some dangers, especially during a pandemic! It important for everyone to plan ahead as many of the Halloween celebrations involve large crowds, close contact between individuals, and activities in closed spaces. Here are some alternatives and recommendations provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for celebrating Halloween safely during this frightful pandemic.
Additional Safety Tips:
- Provide children with flashlights or glow sticks to carry while trick-or-treating. Add reflective tape to costumes to make them more visible to drivers.
- Be sure children wear only flame-retardant costumes. Avoid baggy arms, long costumes and trailing material. They are also a tripping hazard.
- Keep flammable decorations away from heat sources, such as candles, heaters, and stoves. Hay, corn stalks, and dry flowers are highly flammable.
- Avoid decorating with candles; use flashlights instead. However, if you choose candles for decorations, place them in a sturdy holder out of reach of kids and away from combustibles.
As a reminder, if you may have COVID-19 or you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should not participate in in-person Halloween festivities and should not give out candy to trick-or-treaters. Have a safe and SPOOKTACULAR Halloween!