Halloween is just around the corner. The crisp, fall air, crunchy leaves, and porches filled with pumpkins might remind us of a holiday before the COVID-19 pandemic. There are many ways to enjoy the upcoming holiday safely.
While there are still a lot of unknowns about COVID-19 as the U.S. reaches month eight of the pandemic, we do know some ways to slow its spread. Follow these tips to keep you and your kids safe during this year’s Halloween celebration.
1. Mask Up & Suds Up
Wearing a mask and washing your hands frequently is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of germs. Are you planning on going outdoors? Make sure you have your mask, tissues, and hand-sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol) too. Better yet, incorporate a cloth mask into your Halloween costume! After all, have you ever seen a ninja without a mask? (Please note, costume masks should not be used in place of cloth masks!)
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2. Create a Safe Halloween Evening with Neighbors
Call upon your neighbors to create a fun, physically distanced evening of trick-or-treating to help keep everyone healthy and safe. Here are a few ideas:
- Ask neighbors to put out a bowl of individually wrapped candy in separate goody bags.
- Leave out hand sanitizer for each costume-wearing kiddo to use before reaching into the bowl to take a bag.
- As tempting as candy is, make sure to wait until you get home to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water before enjoying your treats.
Also, remember to follow these essential safety tips to keep the family safe during a night of fun:
- Please Bring a flashlight or add reflective tape to costumes to keep your kids visible or give them glow sticks.
- Know the route you will go and share it with the adults and older children in your group.
- Go over street safety rules, such as watching out for cars and staying on the sidewalk.
3. Visit a Pumpkin Patch or Corn Maze Where Masks are Required
Pumpkin patches and corn mazes are a classic way to get in the spooky Halloween spirit. Before planning a visit to your favorite patch or maze, make sure they’re following state and federal guidelines to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Refer to the current list of Nevada guidelines and CDC guidelines.
4. Have a Safe Halloween House Party
Don’t let the pandemic haunt your evening! Celebrate fright night with members of your household by making scary delicious treats and carving pumpkins. Invite family and friends to join you in a virtual costume contest and end the night with a classic Halloween movie.