Traditional Halloween activities are fun, but this year, the CDC recommends a few safety tips to enjoy said activities. While most Halloween activities are fun, they may help to spread the virus. Below are tips from the CDC on Trick or Treating and other Halloween activities.
CDC Guidelines and Tips for Trick or Treating
Make trick or treating safer by:
- 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.
Wash your hands
- 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.
The CDC further explains that you should not wear a cloth mask over a Halloween mask as it may make it more difficult to breathe. However, you should make your cloth mask a part of your costume since Halloween costume masks are not CDC approved and may be made of thin material. Children under the age of 2 and those who have trouble breathing with masks on should not wear masks.
And, as always, try to stay six feet apart whether you’re indoors or outdoors. If you do not know or live with a person, stay six feet apart from them.
Other Halloween Activities
For other Halloween activities this year, the CDC recommends as a standard to always:
- Wear a cloth mask
- Indoors and outdoors, stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you
- Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently
The CDC recommends carving pumpkins and decorating your house indoors. They suggest carving with those you know including family, friends and neighbors. Make sure to always stay six feet apart and walk around the neighborhood and admire decorations from afar.
Visiting Farms, orchards and corn mazes
Visiting corn mazes and farms this year can be a great way to still have some fun while staying socially distant this Halloween season.
The CDC reminds citizens to wash their hands after touching pumpkins, apples, and frequently touched surfaces. If you are unable to wash your hands, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.