If you haven't already stocked up on Halloween candy, now's the time to do so! Canada's top public doctor along with leading health officials have announced that trick-or-treating in 2020 can still happen. This comes as welcomed news as COVID-19 has already taken so many activities away from kids.
Precautions need to be taken and here's what health officials are recommending. Parents should also listen to their local health authorities as guidelines may vary depending on COVID-19 hot spots. Furthermore, indoor parties and gatherings with those outside your household are a no-go.
Safety measures for Trick-or-Treaters:
▪ Kids should wear face masks ― costume masks alone are not meant to protect against the virus.
▪ Ideally, make your face mask part of your costume, to avoid wearing 2 masks, which may cause difficulty in breathing.
▪ Have hand sanitizers readily available.
▪ Keep a safe distance from other trick-or-treaters.
▪ Don't linger on porches.
▪ Keep all activities to outdoors.
▪ Parents should inspect candy, as they normally would each year. Health officials are saying it's not necessary to clean treats before eating.
▪ Wash hands before eating treats.
▪ Do not share treats, drinks or snacks.
▪ Do not trick-or-treat if you are unwell or exhibiting symptoms.
If you're handing out candy this year:
▪ Give out your treats outdoors, if possible so kids can keep their distance from others.
▪ If you are unable to go outside, health officials recommend that you disinfect doorbells, door handles, handrails, and any other touch surfaces often throughout the evening.
▪ Try to make small Halloween packets ahead with treat bags ― no handling of loose candy. This is what the CDC is recommending.
▪ You could set up a station outside with individually bagged treats for kids to take though local officials are saying you should avoid letting children have contact with the treats. So, get creative in ways to hand out the candy (hockey sticks, pool noodles, tongs, etc.)
▪ Wash hands before handling treats.
▪ Wear a face mask.
▪ Do not hand out treats if you are unwell or exhibiting symptoms.
▪ If you won't be participating in trick-or-treating this year, simply turn off your porch light.
For parents who are not comfortable with their kids heading out to trick-or-treat this year, check our list of 20+ Alternatives to Trick-Or-Treating. There are lots of other fun ways for kids to celebrate.
Fingers crossed that nothing changes leading up to October 31!