In light of the pandemic and the province reopening, you may be wondering how Halloween is going to look this year. Trick or treating is a highlight for many families so how can we keep this fun tradition alive during the pandemic? Well, there are some safety precautions that should be followed to allow everyone in the community to enjoy a safe and fun celebration this fall!
Trick or Treating:
Wear a mask. Get creative! Try matching your mask to your costume. Anyone over the age of two should wear a non-medical mask. Ensure if you are wearing a costume mask on top of your non-medical mask that it is safe to do so and does not block your vision or make it hard to breathe.
Try to limit your group size of trick or treaters to household only or close contacts. If you run into another group of trick or treaters maintain social distancing.
Pack hand sanitizer. Sanitize your hands before you go trick or treating, anytime you touch your face or other common surfaces (door knobs, door bells) and before you dive into your candy!
Stay home if you are sick. Household members who feel unwell should not partake in trick or treating. If you start to feel unwell when out, return home as soon as possible.
Handing out Treats:
Hand out candy outside. Outdoors is always a safer option than indoors so if weather permits keep trick or treating outside. Get creative and hand out candy on your porch, drive way, front yard or garage. If you choose to directly hand out candy – use tongs, keep your distance and don’t let children pick from the bowl with their hands.
Provide candy that is individually wrapped. You can also create contactless pick up by setting up pre-packaged candy bags!
Wear a mask. Although current public health orders have not mandated masks in private homes or outdoor spaces it’s still a good idea to wear one. Depending on your comfort level, if you will be inside your home and whether or not you are directly handing out candy – use your discretion.
Do not: hand out candy if anyone in your household isn’t feel well or is isolating.
Don’t forget there is lots of Spooktacular fun you can have at home. Pumpkin carving, decorating, Halloween movies. Start new traditions and have fun safely.
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Community Dietitian | PMH Health Promotion