Halloween still can be fun and safer

There are ways to have Halloween fun while taking precautions to keep your family and those around you safer.

Kids knocking on doors collecting candy? Crowded costume parties? Haunted houses full of screaming? Hayrides with folks from outside your household?

Sorry, not this year. But there are ways to have Halloween fun while taking precautions to keep your family and those around you safer.

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“If you have children, I would encourage wearing a mask — make it part of the costume so that way it can be a fun part of it. The distancing is going to be important as well,” said Monalisa M. Tailor, M.D., internal medicine physician with Norton Community Medical Associates – Barret.

“For those passing out candy, maybe it’s a table that you set outside your house so children can pick it up rather than them digging into a container of candy,” Dr. Tailor said. “That may be the safest way to do it this year.”

A traditional costume mask over a cloth mask could make breathing difficult.

The Louisville Zoo is hosting its Boo at the Zoo this month with precautions in place to reduce the risk of infection.

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Some of the lower-risk Halloween suggestions offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are:

  • Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household.
  • Carving or decorating pumpkins outside, at a safe distance, with neighbors or friends.
  • A Halloween scavenger hunt: Give kids lists of Halloween-themed things to look for outside.
  • A virtual Halloween costume contest
  • Halloween movie night with people in your household
  • Scavenger hunt trick-or-treating: Hide treats around the house for members of your household to find.

Moderate risk ideas:

  • One-way trick-or-treating where individually wrapped goodie bags are lined up for families to grab and go while keeping their distance. Wash your hands thoroughly before preparing the bags.
  • An outdoor, open-air costume parade with a small group and more than 6 feet between everyone.
  • A costume party held outdoors with protective masks — not traditional Halloween costume masks — where people can remain more than 6 feet apart
  • An open-air, one-way, walk-through haunted forest where appropriate mask use is enforced, and people can remain more than 6 feet apart. Plan on keeping a greater distance if screaming is likely.
  • Visit pumpkin patches or orchards where people use hand sanitizer before touching pumpkins or picking apples, wearing masks is encouraged or enforced, and people are able to maintain social distancing.
  • An outdoor Halloween movie night with local family and friends with people spaced at least 6 feet apart. If screaming is likely, increase the distance between people.


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