Halloween 2020 will be different, with people asked to stay at home except for essential reasons. Trick-or-treating will not be possible this year as the CDC says trick or treating is considered high risk during COVID-19 because of close contact and proximity to others.
Many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses. There are several safer, alternative ways to participate in Halloween, so check out some at home ideas for this spooky season that young children will enjoy without needing to mix with other families.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention safer Halloween activities include:
- Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household and displaying them
- Having a virtual Halloween costume contest
- Having a Halloween movie night with people you live with
- Having a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your household members rather than going house to house
- Traditional bobbing for apples
- In-house trick or treating
While it’s a fun time for children and their families, Halloween also presents dangers that other celebrated occasions do not. To help reduce accidents, our health and safety team has documented some tips to help everyone stay safe and enjoy the holiday.
Safety tips for costumes:
- All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant
- If children are allowed out after dark, fasten reflective tape to their costumes and bags, or give them glow sticks
- When buying Halloween makeup, make sure it is nontoxic and always test it in a small area first
- Remove all makeup before children go to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation
Safety tips for motorists:
- Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs
- Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully
- In the evening and at night, watch for children in dark clothing
Have a safe, fun Halloween. Practice our tips and enjoy the holiday.