Halloween and trick-or-treating can still be fun this year. The Connecticut Department of Public Health has suggestions about how it can all take place as safely as possible.
An extra benefit: following this advice will improve the odds that schools can remain open.
Ideas for letting kids go door-to-door
The traditional way of trick-or-treating is rated as high-risk this year, but here are precautions the Health Department and CDC recommend to preserve the fun while keeping everyone safer:
It’s important to note that a costume mask is no substitute for a cloth or surgical mask.
You may be able to find Halloween-themed cloth costume masks. Just make sure they are made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers the mouth and nose. Make sure they don’t leave gaps around the face.
Bad idea: wearing a costume mask over a protective mask. The combination could make it hard for your child to breathe.
Worse idea: wearing a rubber costume mask over another face covering. Same as above.
Ideas for giving out candy
Not as much fun as the traditional way, but safer for all concerned. Health officials also think it would be great if you placed a hand sanitizer station outside. At the very least, parents of trick-or-treaters should carry a bottle of hand sanitizer.
Parties and events
House parties could be a problem. Here are alternative ideas from health officials:
Be creative, and keep your sense of humor. Sometimes the most memorable events are ones that don’t go exactly as planned.
Bad ideas for parties and events
About the guidance
“The holiday may look different this year,” says the Connecticut Department of Public Health in its published recommendations, but officials believe “we can still enjoy a happy (and healthy) Halloween.”
The object is to reduce Halloween activities to moderate or, preferably, low risk. Success largely depends on how well everyone maintains social distancing and masks up. All of that is getting old, but it is what it is.
The Health Department also asks certain people to give Halloween a miss this year. If you are ill or have traveled to a hot-spot state between October 16 and October 30, you are asked to not distribute Halloween candy and to refrain from leaving home for Halloween activity.
Colleges and universities are being asked to consider alternatives to on-campus costume parties and trick-or-treating between dorms. Many students will come home a few weeks later, hopefully bringing nothing with them you wouldn’t want in your home.