With COVID-19 still a major threat and cause for concern, you might be wondering about Halloween this year. The CDC presents several examples of alternative Halloween activities so you don’t have to partake in traditional trick-or-treating, but there are other considerations to keep in mind for Halloween 2020. Here are a few things that you need to know about celebrating and having fun on the day of candy, costumes, and ghouls.
5 considerations for Halloween 2020
1. Be cautious with trick-or-treat.
If you are going to be participating in trick-or-treat, you need to be sure to take precautions. First of all, wash your hands before touching the treats that you’re going to be giving out. Try not to come into close contact with the children who are trick-or-treating, and make sure to be outside when you give the candy out. (One handy idea the CDC suggests is creating individual goody bags for the kids and putting them at a “treat station”.)
And of course, wear a mask.
Don’t forget your mask. You can make your protective cloth mask match your costume or otherwise incorporate it into the idea. Remember, a costume mask is NOT the same thing as a cloth mask, and you shouldn’t wear your costume mask over your protective mask. That can make it a bit hard to breathe. So – have fun with your mask and come up with a Halloween-themed idea for your cloth mask.
3. Keep your distance.
Whether you are inside or outside, you really need to keep your distance from people who are not a part of your household. If you are in contact with people for a prolonged amount of time, you are at a higher risk of getting COVID-19 and subsequently spreading it. Be mindful to keep 6 feet between you and people who are not a part of your household.
You also need to make sure that you’re washing your hands frequently. Use soap and water and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds as soon as you return home from your adventures and before you eat any candy. (And be sure to have plenty of hand sanitizer with you if you go out – use it after touching things. The hand sanitizer should have at least a 60% alcohol content. If you’re a parent who will have young kids with you, be sure to watch them carefully when they’re using the sanitizer.)
5. Consider alternative Halloween activities.
There are plenty of alternative Halloween activities that you can participate in that can allow you to avoid getting or spreading COVID-19. For example, you can decorate your own home and then go for a nice walk to see everyone else’s decorations. You can carve pumpkins with your household or you can carve pumpkins outside in a distanced way with neighbors. You can go to a pumpkin patch or orchard – just make sure to use your hand sanitizer if you’re in contact with frequently-touched items. Just remember to wear your mask, keep 6 feet of distance between yourself and others, and wash your hands frequently (or use sanitizer).
Halloween 2020 doesn’t have to be a complete bust. You do, however, need to be careful and take appropriate precautions against getting or spreading COVID-19. Yes, it might require a bit more planning, but do everything you can to keep yourself and your family safe. Evaluate the risk of the activities you’re planning.
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