With Halloween just a few weeks away, our neighborhood has finalized plans for safe trick-or-treating. Many traditional activities are high risk, but here are tips for safe Halloween activities during Covid.
Our State Laws for a Safe Halloween during Covid
Our state, Connecticut, has put together a list of high, medium, and low risk situations for Halloween based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH). While traditional halloween trick or treating is considered high-risk, there are ways to safely enjoy one-way trick or treating.
Ideas for Coronavirus Safe Activities on Halloween in the Neighborhood
We live in a neighborhood with a very active Homeowners Association wanting to celebrate Halloween. There are many children in our neighborhood, as well as retired couples, who look forward to October 31st every year. However, our neighborhood is usually a must-visit area in town for trick or treating and can become quite crowded. We are hoping to spread the word on how to have a safe Halloween during Coronavirus.
Here are some ideas we have for safe Halloween activities during Covid.
- One way trick or treating – where goodie bags or a large bowl of candy are placed outside of your home for families to grab and go while continuing to social distance.
- Children and adults wear gloves while trick or treating in small groups. Maintain a safe distance from other families.
- Host a drive-by Halloween parade.
- Prepare a candy scavenger hunt at home with your household members
- Set up an outdoor movie theater with socially distanced blankets for families to sit and enjoy the show.
More Tips for Anyone Participating in Halloween
Turn your lights ON if you have candy for trick or treaters and lights OFF if you’re not participating.
Homes providing candy may set up hand sanitizer stations outside or parents/guardians can pack a travel bottle of their own.
Deliver goodie bags via mailbox to the children of the neighborhood – parents can hide the candy around the yard for the children.
Stay outside with your candy goodie bags – and don’t forget to wear gloves and a mask!