Halloween Safety During COVID-19

How to celebrate Halloween safely as the COVID-19 pandemic continues

(RxWiki News) As the coronavirus pandemic continues, many are wondering how to stay clear of COVID-19 and celebrate the holidays safely, starting with Halloween.

As a result of the pandemic, this Halloween may need to be celebrated differently. The uncertainty that comes with COVID-19 may mean that your family has to make some changes in order to stay safe.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to recommend social distancing, frequent hand-washing and face masks.

All holidays, including Halloween, can bring people together — sometimes in large groups — so it becomes difficult to abide by all of these recommendations.

To help solve this problem, the CDC has listed some safer ways to participate in Halloween this year:

  • Carving or decorating pumpkins at home with members of your household (This can also be done with neighbors or friends outside when everyone remains at a safe distance.)
  • Hosting a virtual Halloween costume contest
  • Having a scary movie marathon at home with Halloween-themed treats
  • Hosting a spooky scavenger hunt at home with your household members

If you plan to participate in more traditional Halloween activities like trick-or-treating, you can still take steps to keep yourself and your family safe:

1) Wear masks.

Note that a costume mask does not serve as a substitute for a cloth mask. The CDC advised against placing a costume mask over a cloth mask, as this may make breathing difficult.

2) Keep your distance. The magic number is six feet.

Minimize shaking hands or giving hugs. The CDC recommended waving and verbally greeting others.

3) Wash your hands frequently.

Hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol is an option if water and soap are not available.

If you will be handing out candy, here are a few things you can do to make this activity safer:

  • Avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters.
  • Hand out treats outdoors, if possible.
  • Prep baggies for kids to take beforehand and leave them outside.
  • Wash your hands before handling treats.
  • Wear a mask.

If you have COVID-19 or you might have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, the CDC advised against taking part in any in-person Halloween activities, including handing out candy.

The CDC noted that these recommendations and considerations are meant to supplement — not replace — any health and safety laws, rules, and regulations set by your state and local area.

If you have any questions or concerns, ask your health care provider.