This Halloween season will be a little different from Halloween celebrations in previous years, and the safety of your family and your community should be a priority. As you’re enjoying the holiday, keep these safety tips in mind:

  • Brush up on guidance from federal, state and local health officials. Guidance will vary by region, so it’s important to know what’s right for your community.
  • If you decide to go out trick-or-treating, wear a mask, wash your hands frequently and maintain your distance from others whenever possible.
  • Celebrate the entire Halloween season! If it is not advisable to trick-or-treat in your area or trick-or-treating is not the right choice for your family, explore other options for celebrating the Halloween season in the days leading up to October 31, like throwing a virtual costume party or curling up with a spooky movie.
  • If you decide to go trick-or-treating, wear light-colored clothing that’s short enough to prevent tripping and add reflective tape to the sides, front and back of costume.
  • Make sure children can see well while wearing their masks and securely fasten the mask so it does not fall off.
  • Adults should accompany young children and ensure they are respecting appropriate distancing rules.
  • Go out in daylight and carry a flashlight for when it gets dark. Everyone will be celebrating differently according to their comfort level, so expect some doors may not be open to trick-or-treaters.
  • Prepare ahead of time and bring extra masks and hand sanitizer.
  • Stay within the neighborhood and only visit homes you know.
  • Watch for traffic.
  • Only give and accept wrapped or packaged candy.
  • Wait until arriving home to consume your candy to prevent removing your mask and reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure.
  • Examine all candy before allowing children to eat it.
  • Keep costumed children away from pets, as pets might not recognize the child and become frightened.
  • Avoid hard plastic or wood props such as daggers or swords. Substitute with foam rubber, which is soft and flexible.
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