2020 Halloween Safety

We've gotten a lot of questions about Halloween and whether or not trick-or-treating is a go! The decision to go trick-or-treating is up to you; however, if you're heading out this Halloween, there are a few things to keep in mind before you go! 

This week the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pushed out information regarding Halloween and trick-or-treating. We've compiled their suggestions for your consideration. 

Low to no risk Halloween activities:

    Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household and displaying them.

    Carving or decorating pumpkins outside, at a safe distance, with neighbors or friends.

    Decorating your house, apartment, or living space.

    Doing a Halloween scavenger hunt of Halloween-themed things to look for while they walk outdoors from house to house, admiring Halloween decorations at a distance.

    Having a virtual Halloween costume contest.

    Having a Halloween movie night with people with whom you live.

    Having a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your household members in or around your home rather than going house to house.

Moderate risk activities:

    Participating in one-way trick-or-treating where individually wrapped goodie bags are lined up for families to grab and go while continuing to social distance (such as at the end of a driveway or the edge of a yard).

    Having a small group, outdoor, open-air costume parade where a safe social distance can be maintained.

    Attending a costume party held outdoors where protective masks are used, and people can remain more than 6 feet apart.

    A costume mask (such as for Halloween) is not a substitute for a cloth mask. A costume mask should not be used unless it is made of two or more breathable fabric layers covering the mouth and nose and doesn't leave gaps around the face.

    Do not wear a costume mask over a protective cloth mask because it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe. Instead, consider using a Halloween-themed cloth mask.

    Having an outdoor Halloween movie night with local family friends with people spaced at least 6 feet apart.

The CDC suggests that you avoid these higher-risk activities to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19:

    Participating in traditional trick-or-treating where treats are handed to children who go door to door.

    Having trunk-or-treat where treats are handed out from trunks of cars lined up in large parking lots.

    Attending crowded costume parties held indoors.

    Going to an indoor haunted house where people may be crowded together and screaming.

Other safety tips for this Halloween:

    The brighter, the better. Choose bright colors and flame-retardant materials for your child's costume. We also recommend adding reflective tape to their costume or treat bags so they can easily be seen by cars.

    Wear the right size. Make sure your child's costume is sized correctly to prevent a tripping hazard. 

    Go with. We recommend that you go with children under the age of 12. We also suggest that you bring a flashlight with fresh batteries to walk safely in the dark. 

    Establish ground rules. If your child is going trick-or-treating without you, establish a route ahead of time and a set time to be home. Cover safety topics, including staying with a group, walking on the sidewalk, going to only well-lit homes, and never going inside a house or car for a treat. 

    Inspect treats before indulging. We recommend looking over your child's treats before eating them and tossing anything unsealed, has torn packaging or looks questionable.