How to safely celebrate Halloween is a question frightening Halloween-lovers all over the globe. But, with some precautions, Halloween can still be a frightfully fun day for the entire family. Here’s how:
Should I take my family trick-or-treating this year?
According to many medical health professionals, the answer depends on where you live.
“In an area where there’s still ongoing community spread [and circumstances] haven’t gotten to the point where things are opening up again, I don’t think trick-or-treating is a great idea,” says Dr. Sandra Kesh, an infectious disease specialist at New York’s Westmed Medical Group. “In areas where the community prevalence is lower, I think it’s OK to plan to trick-or-treat, but it’s going to be a different experience than it was last year.”
What safety precautions do I need to take when trick-or-treating?
Stick with family if possible.
Keep groups small.
Keep face-to-face interactions to a minimum.
How can I safely invite trick-or-treaters to my home?
“If you are going to hand out candy in person,” says Molly Hyde, an infection control practitioner, “make sure you are wearing a face covering over your nose and mouth when giving out candy.”
To avoid face-to-face interaction with trick-or-treaters, set up a bowl of candy outside and let your visitors help themselves. You can also space individual treats on your front porch with a sign instructing kids to take one.
At the end of the night, it’s best to disinfect doorknobs and other surfaces that might have been touched by trick-or-treaters.
Can I throw a Halloween party this year?
With a bit of creativity, you can still celebrate Halloween with friends. Follow these steps:
Choose an outdoor venue and invite your friends to your Quarant-een bash.
Have everyone bring along their Halloween costumes, comfortable lawn chairs, and individual party bags in their trunks.
At the party, have everyone park so the trunk of their car is in full view. Set up the chairs at safe distances and let everyone show off their costumes.
Pop open the trunks for “trunk-or-treating,” corona-style!