Halloween During COVID-19

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Three cute halloween pumpkins in autumn park
Source: https://scdhec.gov/covid19/holiday-tips-covid-19

Costume masks

  • Don’t use a costume mask as a substitute for a cloth mask unless it’s made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers your mouth and nose and doesn’t leave gaps around your face.
  • Don’t wear a costume mask over a cloth mask because it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe. Instead, consider making or purchasing a Halloween-themed cloth mask.

Trick-or-treating

  • Trick-or-treating can occur safely if everyone properly wears protective masks and stays six feet away from others
  • Keep your mask on at all times
  • If there’s already a group of kids at one door, wait until they leave before approaching
  • Skip houses that don’t have precautions in place
  • Consider organizing trick-or-treating events within communities where those participating have agreed to follow masking and social distancing precautions

Handing out candy

  • Use prepackaged candy only
  • Offer hand sanitizer outside your door
  • The safest approach would be to offer bundled packages of candy that each trick-or-treater can collect for themselves
  • Don’t allow dozens of hands to reach into the same candy bowl
  • Use tongs to remove the candy from the bowl and drop it into each trick-or-treater’s bag
  • Wear a mask when you open the door and limit time in close contact
  • Wash your hands frequently

Halloween parties

  • Halloween parties that involve people outside your household are discouraged. If you want to have a Halloween party, keep it small and invite only immediate family members
  • Outside events would be lower risk than inside events
  • Wear your protective mask
  • Stay six feet away from others
  • When eating or drinking, replace your protective mask immediately. You’re at highest risk for COVID-19 transmission with your mask off
  • Avoid any no-mask parties. These have been shown to be extremely high risk for COVID-19 transmission
  • Have all eating and drinking outside and avoid buffet-style eating. Have one person serve food and have separate tables for each family

Haunted houses, festivals and other attractions

  • Plan ahead and refer to CDC guidance for evaluating the risk level for these types of activities
  • Be sure to wear a mask, bring hand sanitizer and stay socially distanced by six feet or more
  • Screaming and shouting can propel more virus and may increase risk of transmission to those close by and extend to those beyond six feet
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