Your guide for safe trick-or-treating this Halloween

Pumpkin sitting on the ground in the forest

It’s hard to think of an activity that’s more quintessential of Halloween than trick-or-treating.

While COVID-19 is still present in our community, there’s still a way for you—and your kiddos—to safely satisfy your sweet tooth this Halloween.

Going trick-or-treating with your children this year?

  • Try incorporating face coverings into your child’s costume
    • While costumes are a source of major excitement for many children, it’s important to remember that a costume mask is not sufficient protection. Children over the age of 2 should wear a face mask.
  • Make sure your child washes their hands before and after trick-or-treating. If possible, don’t let them eat their candy until they’ve thoroughly washed their hands.
  • Ensure you and your family are socially distancing
    • Even if you’re outside, it’s still important to abide by social distancing. Try waiting in driveways while other families select their candy to avoid clustering around the doorway.

Will you be handing out candy?

Bags of candy cornIn order to properly socially distance, it’s recommended that you not directly hand candy to trick-or-treaters. Here are some other ideas:
  • Try “One-way” trick or treating. Have treats or individual goodie bags set outside at least six feet away from where you are. Trick-or-treaters will come up and take a treat while you interact with them from a safe distance.
  • If you want to hand out treats personally, make sure that you’re wearing a face mask and using hand sanitizer often.
  • Don’t open your door unless all the people at the door are wearing masks. Politely ask children to come up one at a time, keeping distance between them.
  • Don’t let the kids touch or grab the treats and avoid touching the child’s bag/basket. You should pick up the treat and drop it into a child’s bag or basket.
  • Consider moving the interaction away from your door to an outdoor porch, patio, or driveway that lets you spread out more.

Don’t feel comfortable trick-or-treating this year?

  • Have an “easter egg” style hunt for Halloween candy
    • Hide candy around your house or yard and have your children search for it. Take this activity up a notch by making it a scavenger hunt with clues to the loot (candy)!
  • Have a socially-distanced neighborhood parade
    • Give your kids a chance to show off their costumes with a socially-distanced parade in your neighborhood. This gives kids a chance to join in on the fun and display their spooky or cute costumes without the higher risks of traveling house to house.
  • Watch some spooky Halloween movies on your favorite streaming service.
  • FaceTime or Zoom with neighbors, friends, and family
    • Kids can show off their costumes with those who matter most without taking on additional risks.