While you can still get your spook on in Halloween 2020, it’s important to celebrate safely and slow the spread of COVID-19 by keeping to smaller groups, limiting face-to-face exposure, and washing your hands frequently. So, while keeping in mind that we’re in the midst of a global health crisis during this year’s Quarantine-O-Ween, there are still many ways that you can enthusiastically and cautiously proceed with some pandemic-friendly festivities.
Consider minimal contact trick-or-treating
In comparison to other Halloween activities such as house parties or school dances, trick-or-treating is significantly less of a COVID-19 risk, especially for those who can head outside in relatively a quiet neighborhood. Needless to say, while the opportunity for the virus to spread will be low due to the use of masked costumes, there is a higher chance of transmission when accepting candy touched by a stranger outside of your bubble. So, as a parent supervising your children door-to-door or as a candy giver handing out the goodies, there are some things to consider to prevent the spread within your community.
- Wear a face covering when answering your door or walking alongside your children on the street.
- Wear gloves when handing out candy and don’t allow any children to reach into your candy bowl.
- Remain at the end of the driveway to allow for physical distancing.
- Trick-or-treat in small groups that are a part of your social bubble.
- If possible, leave pre-packaged candy bags outside on your porch or at the end of your driveway.
- Regularly disinfect doorknob and doorbell.
- Remember to wipe down all received candy before allowing your child to eat it.
Install some proficient low voltage landscape lights
While many people think the biggest risk of trick-or-treating may be the potential transmission of the virus, it can be easy to forget that adequate lighting is an important means for safety as well. Whether you live in a big city or a small, rural community, your walkways and porches be lit up with proficient low voltage landscape lights to protects from potential slip and falls and guide trick-or-treaters, socially distance of course, to your doorstep.
Host virtual costume party
If you’re the type of person who can’t let Halloween slide by without flaunting a new, spooktacular look, then consider being the host of a virtual party instead. Invite all your favorite ghouls to eat, drink, and be spooky from the comforts of their own homes. Sure, it will be different, but it’s a great way to not miss out on one of the best elements of the season.
Enjoy a movie night
Whether you have a backyard that’s undercover and heated or you prefer to watch your favorite horror flicks from the comforts of your living, you can enjoy the chills and thrills of All Hallow’s Eve at home this year! Your family bubble is the safest, most devilish group to curl up close with, and since there are so many cult classics that embellish the spooky season, a movie night is a perfect substitute for a night out.
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