Do not let germs scare you this Halloween season!
Even if you’re home-bound, Halloween doesn’t have to be a scary time for you. The one thing the pandemic taught us was to be more mindful of germs. So, with Halloween being a potentially high contamination holiday, Signature wants to help you stay safe and healthy.
Listed bellow are several safer, alternative ways to participate in Halloween. Suppose you may have COVID-19, been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or are just sick. In that case, you should not participate in any in-person Halloween festivities or give out candy to trick-or-treaters. Keep reading to see our fun-filled guide and learn how you and your loved can enjoy this spooktacular season.
Trick or Treating and other Halloween activities
Lower risk activities
These lower risk activities can be safe alternatives to traditional trick and treating:
- Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household and displaying them
- Carving or decorating pumpkins outside, at a safe distance, with neighbors or friends
- Doing a Halloween scavenger hunt where children are given lists of Halloween-themed things to look for while they walk outdoors from house to house admiring Halloween decorations at a distance and wearing masks
- Having a virtual Halloween costume contest
- Having a Halloween movie night with people you live with
- Having a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your household members in or around your home rather than going house to house
Moderate risk activities
- Participating in one-way trick-or-treating where individually wrapped goodie bags are lined up for families to grab and go while continuing to social distance (such as at the end of a driveway or at the edge of a yard)
- If you are preparing goodie bags, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 second before and after preparing the bags.
- Having a small group, outdoor, open-air costume parade where people are distanced more than 6 feet apart
- Attending a costume party held outdoors where protective masks are used and people can remain more than 6 feet apart
- A costume mask (such as for Halloween) is not a substitute for a cloth mask. A costume mask should not be used unless it is made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers the mouth and nose and doesn’t leave gaps around the face.
- Do not wear a costume mask over a protective cloth mask because it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe. Instead, consider using a Halloween-themed cloth mask.
- Going to an open-air, one-way, walk-through haunted forest where appropriate mask use is enforced, and people can remain more than 6 feet apart
- If screaming will likely occur, greater distancing is advised. The greater the distance, the lower the risk of spreading a respiratory virus.
- Visiting pumpkin patches or orchards where people use hand sanitizer before touching pumpkins or picking apples, wearing masks is encouraged or enforced, and people are able to maintain social distancing
- Having an outdoor Halloween movie night with local family friends with people spaced at least 6 feet apart
Higher risk activities
Avoid these higher risk activities to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19:
- Participating in traditional trick-or-treating where treats are handed to children who go door to door
- Having trunk-or-treat where treats are handed out from trunks of cars lined up in large parking lots
- Attending crowded costume parties held indoors
- Going to an indoor haunted house where people may be crowded together and screaming
- Going on hayrides or tractor rides with people who are not in your household
- Using alcohol or drugs, which can cloud judgement and increase risky behaviors
- Traveling to a rural fall festival that is not in your community if you live in an area with community spread of COVID-19
More and more people are getting vaccinated every day and while vaccination lowers your risk significantly, it does not ensure full immunity and can still be spread. Not only that but common colds, flus, stomach bugs are always a risk. We advise everyone to be careful this season to do their part in keeping cases low by washing you hands regularly – when handing out candy, before eating candy, or when around large crowds.
We hope these ideas and precautions will help you enjoy a creative, safe, and festive Halloween!
Signature Health Services wishes you a Happy Halloween
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