Whether or not your kids are heading out for Trick-or-Treating, here are some tips to help keep everyone Covid-safe and sound.

Costumes are the best part of Halloween — so just be sure your kids are safe in theirs:

  • Costumes (store-bought or homemade) should allow for easy movement – especially walking.
  • Make sure your kids can be seen as it gets dark. Add reflective tape, glow sticks and flashlights to their outfits for extra security.
  • Halloween masks can hamper vision and may get in the way of using a protective face mask. Consider applying makeup instead.

How to Trick-or-Treat during the Pandemic

  • Trick-or-treating is going to look a little different this year. Assuming your neighbors are participating (look for exterior lighting on and decorations as your cue), go house-to-house with social distancing in mind.

Here are some recommended Covid precautions:

  • If the kids are old enough to go without an adult, make sure they follow a pre-planned route and stick to homes or neighborhoods you know.
  • Stress the importance of crossing streets safely. The temptation to run from place to place is going to be huge. Safety should always come first.
  • Keep face masks on during trick-or-treating and avoid touching the eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Make sure your kids have hand sanitizer and use it when they’ve had contact with candy wrapping passed from hand to hand.
  • Wearing a costume doesn’t mean forgetting basic healthy rules. Cover coughs and sneezes with the inside of your elbow.

Tips for safely handing out candy

Passing out the goodies? Keep it safe. Here’s what to know, according to the CDC (Center for Disease Control):

  • Traditionally, turning on the front porch light signals that you’ve got candy. Lights make it safer to get to your door in the dark, too.
  • Got pets? Keep them safely tucked away for the evening — for their safety as well as your Trick-or-Treaters.
  • Consider creating social distance markers of at least six feet apart leading up to your door.
  • Replace all flames with electric candles for a safe, yet realistic effect.
  • When it comes to treats, store bought is best.
  • Wear gloves when passing out candy.
  • A teal colored pumpkin at your door lets neighbors know you are handing out allergy-free

The best Halloween tip?

Use common-sense health and safety protocols — along with a little extra Covid caution.

Then, have fun and enjoy this all-American tradition!