Traditional Halloween activities are fun, but some can increase the risk of getting or spreading COVID-19 or influenza. This year is especially important to take extra precautions if or when out trick or treating.

Make trick-or-treating safer

  • Avoid direct contact with others outside of your household and practice social distancing
  • Give out treats outdoors
  • Bag candy individually and have kids just pick up the treats
  • Wash hands before handling treats or wear gloves
  • A costume mask does not substitute wearing a protective mask, make a mask part of your costume

Wash your hands

  • Make hand sanitizer part of your routine, apply after touching objects, surfaces or other people
  • Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Parents should always supervise young children using hand sanitizer.
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when you get home and before you eat any treats.

Additionally, if you feel uneasy about having your children going from house to house, you can opt for other fun activities with them, such as outdoor pumpkin carnivals, pumpkin carving, and orchards, but still, remember to exercise caution and practice social distancing.