By: Rachael Van Cleave On: October 20, 2020 In: Uncategorized Comments: 0

Halloween is a festive and fun time of the year for kids, but for parents trick-or-treat time can be a little tricky. Sometimes the fun turns to cruel tricks — like when people tamper with kids’ treats. There’s also the extra consideration of COVID-19 this year as many parents decide whether or not to go out. To make Halloween a treat for all, follow these safety tips.

Tips to Make Halloween a Happy Occasion in 2020

According to the Salt Lake County Health Department, there are low, medium, and high risk Halloween activities.

Low Risk

  • Pumpkin carving at home with family
  • Outdoor distanced pumpkin carving with friends
  • Decorating at home
  • Outdoor scavenger hunt in neighborhood
  • Virtual costume contest
  • Movie night with family

Medium Risk

  • Low or no-touch trick-or-treating (candy chute anyone?)
  • Goodie bags from social distance
  • Reverse trick-or-treating
  • Outdoor, distanced costume party
  • Outdoor, distanced movie night

High Risk

  • Traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating with shared candy bowls
  • Trunk or treating events
  • Crowded indoor costume contest

If you do choose to trick-or-treat, kids should:

  • Stick with people in your immediate family to help stem the spread of COVID-19.
  • Keep away from fireplaces, stoves, matches and candles.
  • Wear light-colored clothing, or clothing that reflects so that you show up at night.
  • Try to walk on well-lit streets and carry a flashlight.
  • Walk on the sidewalk, where possible.
  • Always watch out for traffic.
  • Only visit the houses of neighbors they know.
  • Never approach any unlit house or enter a house of people you don’t know very well.
  • Be aware of traffic. Use sidewalks, when they can and if there are no sidewalks, walk on the left side of the street facing oncoming traffic.
  • Not accept rides from anyone but family members.
  • Avoid animals and pets which may become upset by masks and costuming.

Costume Ideas

  • Make sure children’s costumes fit and that your children can see clearly. To prevent trips, falls and other bumps in the night, keep costumes short. They should not interfere with a child’s ability to walk safely.
  • Find a fun way to incorporate their face mask into the costume.
  • Make sure costumes are visible at night. If a costume is not light-colored, put reflective tape on the back and front of it.
  • Only purchase costumes are that are flame retardant, so the little ones are not in danger near burning jack-o-lanterns and other fire hazards.

Before eating any treats:

  • Instruct trick-or-treaters not to sample treats until they are home and the treats have been examined by an adult.
  • Check out all treats at home in a well-lit area.
  • Throw away anything opened, partially unwrapped or not in its original wrapper. Carefully check all wrappers for signs of tampering.
  • Wash, cut and inspect all fruit.
  • Inspect homemade goodies for anything suspicious.
  • If there are any suspicious treats, call the police.