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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.