Keeping Halloween Fun and Safe During a Pandemic

Cassidy Lutz. Submitted photo.

Cassidy Lutz
Southwind Extension District
4-H Program Assistant

As October 31st approaches, many families are thinking about Halloween plans and wondering how to celebrate safely this year. In the times of COVID-19, one could argue that Halloween is the most pandemic friendly holiday. Whether you choose to be a ghost, goblin, or ghoul, many creative and fun costumes include masks or one can be incorporated easily.

Many traditions practiced on this holiday are perfectly acceptable and safe to do during the time of a pandemic. Pumpkin carving and scary movie marathons are both activities that can be done from the comfort of your own home with those in your household. If you have loved ones over the age of 65 or at high risk for getting sick, consider setting up virtual options such, such as Zoom, so your loved ones don’t miss out on the celebration.

Just like any other year, there are things to keep in mind when planning for a safe trick-or-treating experience:

  • Add reflective tape to costumes, have kids carry glow sticks, or encourage them to carry a flashlight after dark so they are visible to cars
  • Address the importance of staying on sidewalks and looking both ways before crossing streets
  • Encourage kids to eat healthy meals as normal before the trick-or-treating fun begins, this will help reduce the urge to gorge out on those tasty sweet treats
  • Never let a child go door to door alone
  • Remind them to visit houses with exterior lights on, stay at the doorway to accept treats, and never enter the house unless it is a family member or family friend they are visiting

This time of year should be enjoyable for all ages of people. Be sure to follow your community guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19. By preparing yourself and your youth for what to expect, you can create a more enjoyable time for yourself and your loved ones. Enjoy this opportunity to rewind back to a “more normal” holiday with your family and friends! Happy Halloween, 2020 style!


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