Have a Spooky, Safe Halloween
October 29, 2020
Do you remember how much fun it was to get dressed up as your favorite action hero, cartoon character or princess and go trick-or-treating on Halloween? 2020 will be challenging given the pandemic, but there are ways for your children to experience the joy without the risk of spreading COVID-19 or influenza. You don’t have to give up Halloween completely, just find the safest solution that works for your family and community, with some extra added precautions.
- Wear a cloth mask as part of your costume.
- Avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters and stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you.
- Bring hand sanitizer with you and use it after touching objects or other people.
- Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when you get home and before you eat or handle any treats.
- Give out treats outdoors, if possible.
- Once your children get home, inspect their candy to ensure it’s safe to eat and toss out those unwrapped, questionable pieces.
- Do not let children wear baggy or long costumes, as they are difficult to walk in and can be tripping hazards.
- Purchase wigs, costumes and accessories that are fire-retardant.
- Select face makeup and paint that is labeled as non-toxic and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to prevent allergic reactions and use in conjunction with their masks.
- Place reflective tape on your children’s costumes and candy buckets if they are walking at night or near dusk.
Parents, communicating in advance all the best practices is key, and accompanying your kids to assure the safest trick-or-treating season possible. Visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus to see fun alternative ways to participate in Halloween 2020.
Have a spooky, safe Halloween!
Your Team at Robertson Ryan