COVID cases are on the rise, the economy is trying to recover, natural disasters are a major concern for most of the US, and the Presidential election is almost here.
Luckily, so is Halloween.
This year, Halloween might be the right holiday, at the right time, to relax and try to have some fun.
For many Halloween is a day of tricks and treats, not only for kids but for many adults. It’s a time to be someone (or something) different, to dress up in silly costumes, tell scary stories, enjoy the fun of being scared, and sharing time with family and friends (social distanced, of course).
Though this year is a quite different from other years, it’s still ok to enjoy Halloween.
However you plan to celebrate this year, there are some steps you can take to make sure you’re safe and help keep others safe, as well.
Steps to Take when Trick or Treating
Traditional Halloween activities are fun, but some can increase the risk of getting or spreading COVID-19. In fact, many states may have imposed restrictions on traditional treat-or-treating and other Halloween-related activities. If you’re planning on attending any events this year, be sure to contact your local government before committing.
Even Salem, MA, known not only for the infamous Salem Witch Trials but also as a popular Halloween destination, has had to cancel or scale back many planned activities.
Whatever your plans are for Halloween, the CDC provides tips everyone can take to keep safe.
Avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters.
- Hand out candy while wearing gloves.
- Give out treats outdoors, if possible.
- Set up a station with individually bagged treats for kids to take.
Wear a mask
- 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 over a cloth mask. It can make breathing more difficult.
- Masks should NOT be worn by children under the age of 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing
Stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you
- Indoors and outdoors, you are more likely to get or spread COVID-19 when you are in close contact with others for a long time.
Wash your hands
- Bring hand sanitizer with you and use it after touching objects or other people.
- Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Parents: supervise young children using hand sanitizer.
- Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when you get home and before you eat any treats.
Other Halloween Activities to Consider
If you feel unsafe with traditional trick-or-treating, or your town has cancelled it altogether, there are still many fun activities you do while home, you just need to be a bit more creative.
Here’s a list of things you can do with your family:
- Treat-or-treat in your house
- Carve a pumpkin, or two
- Binge-watch scary movies – the original Halloween movie anyone?
- Set up a video call with family to show off your costume or hold a party
- Make some fun, spooky drinks (for kids and for adults)
You get the idea.
We’re Here to Help
Remember – Halloween is a great time to have some fun. So, if possible, be with your family, and be sure to keep safe.
Protecting yourself and others by following the CDC’s recommended safety protocols can help reduce the risk of contracting the virus or spreading it to others.
In these challenging times, the risk of exposure is more prevalent than ever. We can also help with the following safety services:
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