Halloween and COVID-19: How to Celebrate Safely This Year

jack-o-lantern wearing a face mask

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we think about many aspects of our lives. That includes how we celebrate traditional occasions such as Halloween. The priority today is safety first!

Since many of the communities in our area are allowing parents to decide whether or not their children can participate in Halloween night, it is important to know how to participate safely.

Stacey Houseknecht, NHA, CTRS, Administrator at Saunders House in Wynnewood, PA, says, “If your children or grandchildren will be trick-or-treating this year, or you'd like to offer Halloween treats at your door, it is essential to know how to keep yourself and others safe. Traditional Halloween activities are fun, but some can increase the risk of getting or spreading COVID-19 or influenza. Therefore, plan for safe ways to participate in Halloween this year.”

For a safer Halloween during the COVID-19 pandemic, our Saunders House Infection Control expert offers the following safety advice.

Ways to make trick-or-treating safer this Halloween

  • Avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters.
  • Give out treats outdoors, if possible.
  • Set up a station with individually bagged treats for kids to take.
  • Wash hands before handling treats.
  • Wear a mask.

 Safety information about masks

  • Make your cloth mask part of your costume.
  • A Halloween costume mask is NOTa 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 six 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.

Handwashing safety tips

  • 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 fun Halloween activities

In place of traditional trick-or-treating this year, enjoy other Halloween activities while taking steps to protect yourself from getting or spreading COVID-19.

  • Go on an outdoor, Halloween-themed scavenger hunt.
  • Visit a pumpkin patch or orchard. Remember to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.
  • Go to aone-way, walk-through haunted forest or corn maze.
  • Hide Halloween treats in and around your house and hold a Halloween treat hunt with household members.
  • Decorate and carve pumpkins with family members.
  • Walk from house to house, admiring the Halloween decorations at a distance.
  • Hold an outdoor costume parade or contest so everyone can show off their costumes.
  • Host an indoor Halloween movie night with your household members.

 Stacey adds, “Once again, remember to wear a cloth mask indoors and outdoors, stay at least six feet away from others who do not live with you, and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently. Most of all, have a safe and happy Halloween!”

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