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