Trick or Treating Safety Tips

Published October 27th, 2020 by Dr. Daner

2020 has been quite a year, to put it mildly. The Covid pandemic has interfered with many of our annual parades, festivals, and traditions. Halloween is coming up, and it seems like many parents are intending on celebrating it one way or another. The key is finding out a safe way to trick or treat. While there are always going to be risks in 2020 with trick or treating around other people, there are certain behaviors and guidelines which, if observed, can severely minimize your potential to contract Covid-19.

Halloween Don’ts

To start, let’s discuss what NOT to do on Halloween this year. House parties are not safe in the least. Big groups of trick or treaters traveling together is not a good idea. Groups should probably be limited to 3 to 4 people. It’s also ok to just trick or treat as a family, this alleviates a lot of concerns. Also, handing treats to children directly is not recommended.

Halloween Do’s

There are quite a few things you can do to keep yourself as safe as possible while trick or treating this year. To start, obviously wear a mask. This should be easy since it is Halloween. Do not let children dig around candy bowls touching multiple pieces, they should just pick one and be finished. Do not let children share any of their costume props with others. Very importantly, bring hand sanitizer for your children, and apply after every house if they are touching anything.

Of course, it is always going to be safer to stay home and have a nice, quiet family Halloween. Many families are going all out decorating their homes for Halloween and having a fun night together. Parents could make up games, give the kids candy, or even watch scary movies. But of course, kids want to trick or treat, it has been a rough year. To give your children and families the best chance to stay healthy, please follow the safety guidelines above as well as any others you may find reassuring.

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