Due to COVID-19, Halloween will look a bit different this year, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be fun!
A Harris Poll conducted on behalf of National Confectioners Association found 74% of young parents and millennial moms believe Halloween is more important than ever due to the stress caused by the pandemic. Most are looking at fun, creative ways to make things happen this year.
Let’s look at some of the suggested activities and what you shouldn’t do to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- Decorate your home inside and out with your family
- Prepare a Halloween-themed meal or bake Halloween treats for your household
- Carve pumpkins outdoors with friends and neighbors, providing you maintain six feet between parties
- Arrange a Halloween outdoor scavenger hunt or haunted forest in your neighborhood – mark a one way route with children entering one at a time
- Start a Halloween neighborhood outdoor decoration contest with prizes – children can walk from house to house and rate decorations from a safe distance
- Conduct a virtual Halloween costume contest or a small outdoor costume parade with masks, while maintain social distancing
- Use face paints and a personal protective mask rather than a Halloween mask, or include a medical mask in the costume
- Watch your favorite Halloween movies with your family or conduct a movie night outdoors with a small group, while maintaining social distancing
- Visit a pumpkin patch, corn maze or orchard which requires hand sanitizing, requires or recommends masks, and enforces social distancing
- Go on a hayride with family members
- If you do decide to give out goodies, leave individually wrapped goodie bags lined up at least six feet from your door for kids to grab and go
- Turn your lights off if you are not handing out treats this year
- Go trick-or-treating with your children to ensure they do it safely
- Check out some of Rhode Island’s amazing Halloween displays from the safety of your car.
Activities to Avoid
- Door to door trick- or-treating in areas with ongoing community spread
- Handing out candy from a bowl
- Collecting goodies from multiple locations, unless you know they were properly prepared (frequently sanitized hands, individually packaged, and left at the end of the sidewalk or driveway)
- Attending crowded Halloween costume parties
- Attending crowded indoor haunted houses – screaming can increase the chances of the spread of the virus
- Taking a hayride with people outside of your household
- Traveling outside of your neighborhood if you live in an area with community spread COVID-19
- Drinking alcohol or using drugs that could impair your judgment
- Substituting a costume mask for a personal protective mask
- Wearing a costume mask over a personal protective mask – this inhibits breathing
No one should venture out for Halloween or hand out candy if they have been exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms.
Keep all group gathering as small as possible. The Rhode Island limit is 15 of the same people, but less is preferable. Use creativity and follow the 3 W’s – Wear a mask, wash your hands, and watch your distance.