Halloween 2020: What to Do and What Not to Do

This is a special time of year during a period that presents challenges to everyday life. Many traditions we have grown accustom to have been cancelled, truncated or delayed.

This year in light of the COVID-19 pandemic Onondaga County Health Department has released guidance for October 31st Halloween 2020: What to Do and What Not to Do.  These are basic tips for having a safe Halloween.

Below are lists of What to Do and What Not to Do while engaging in Halloween festivities.

What to Do

  • DO plan safer activities like a virtual costume contest or family scavenger hunt
  • DO wear a cloth face mask that covers your nose and mouth
  • DO stay at least 6 feet from others you don’t live with
  • DO wash/sanitize hands before, during, and after going out
  • DO get creative if you’re handing out treats: use a chute, tongs, or set up a station outdoors with individually packaged treats for kids to take
  • DO stay in small groups if you do go out
  • DO choose outdoor activities instead of indoor ones
  • DO remember to carry a glow stick or flashlight so you can be seen
  • DO stay home and get a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms!

What Not to Do

  • DON’T host or attend big parties
  • DON’T gather in crowds/large groups, even outdoors
  • DON’T go on a hayride or tractor ride with people who are not in your household
  • DON’T have direct contact with trick-or treaters
  • DON’T hand out candy if you or someone in your household are sick or are in quarantine or isolation
  • DON’T put candy in a big bowl for kids to grab candy from
  • DON’T let kids eat unwrapped candy or homemade foods from trick-or-treating
  • DON’T wear a costume mask instead of a cloth face mask