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October 19, 2020

How to Enjoy a Safe and Socially Distant Halloween

Halloween is almost here, and your little ones are probably excited to don their costumes! Of course, things will look a little bit different this year—but that doesn’t mean you can’t get festive. The CDC recently released some guidance about safe ways to enjoy Halloween, whether you’re comfortable handing out candy to trick-or-treaters or not.

If you do want to distribute candy, put it in individual pre-packaged bags and make it easy to touch just one. Avoid making direct contact with trick-or-treaters, and instead, leave a sign instructing them to help themselves! If you’ll be heading out for trick-or-treating, make sure everyone is wearing a cloth mask (it’s important to note that costume masks aren’t effective), and only stop at households where contactless candy pick-up is possible. Remember to bring hand sanitizer to use frequently, too!

It’s best to avoid any large indoor gatherings this year, even with friends and family. Instead, why not head to the pumpkin patch and then carve jack-o’-lanterns with friends outside, six feet apart? You could also go apple-picking, plan a Halloween scavenger hunt at home, or hold an outdoor socially distanced costume parade! With a bit of creativity, this Halloween can still be one to remember.