Halloween will look a little different for many people this year due to COVID-19.
Here are some tips to help keep your family safe while celebrating.
Try Something New
- Virtual Halloween costume contest – Or Halloween movie and dinner night at home with your family.
- Halloween scavenger hunt – Or trick or treat search with family members around your home rather than going
house to house.
- One-Way Trick-or-Treating – Place individually wrapped goodie bags on table or display at the end of the
driveway or yard edge for families to grab and go, while continuing to social distance.
- Costume parade – Organize a small group, open-air costume parade where participants are distanced more than 6 feet.
If You Plan to Trick-or-Treat
Note: The CDC does not currently recommend traditional trick-or-treating.
- Stay home if sick.
- Trick or treat with people you live with.
- Wear an appropriate face mask – A cloth or surgical with at least two layers covering both the mouth and nose.
- Remain 6 feet apart from people not in your household.
- Hand sanitize frequently while out, especially during key times like before eating or after coughing/sneezing.
Additional Safety Tips
- Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in-household groups or with a trusted adult.
- Stay in your neighborhood and set a return home time for parents.
- Fasten reflective tape to costumes and have children carry a flashlight to be seen.
- Walk on sidewalks whenever possible or on the far edge of the road facing traffic.
- Avoid homemade treats.
- Drive slowly and turn on headlights during the day.
- Be alert for kids during popular trick or treat hours of 5:30-9:30 p.m.
For more information, or to check your region’s COVID-19 infection rates, visit CDC.gov or contact Kootenai Health’s Injury Prevention Services at (208) 625-5722.