This is going to be a very different Halloween and the term “trick of treat safety tips” is going to take on a very different meaning in our “new normal.” During this pandemic many of our holiday traditions will change and trick-or-treating can seem extra “spooky.” But, if you do decide that you want to celebrate Halloween during Covid there are some ways that you can have fun safely.
Trick or Treat Safety Tips During Covid
Coverage.com has a terrific article entitled, “Halloween Safety Guide: Covid-19.” Prior to your little ghosts and goblins heading out, you will definitely want to review this comprehensive article. They give tips on how to safely trick or treat, to safely throwing a Halloween party, and more.
Also, have you heard of a “candy chute?” Neither had I – prior to this year. Well, it probably didn’t exist before this year! When passing out candy to trick or treaters, a candy chute allows you to stay socially distanced. And, it’s fun! Take a look at how a Ohio family created their candy chute in this Woman’s Day article. I have since heard of others becoming very creative with their candy chutes and even some that are keeping their “Halloween candy chute theme” a surprise until the big night!
We have all heard the CDC’s general guidelines for coronavirus prevention. But, they have also included a list of low, medium, and high risk activities during the holidays. If you are unsure or simply want some more clarification on your event, try the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Covid-19 Holiday Celebrations Page.
Tips for Driving Safely on Halloween
And, please don’t forget that we have to stay safe not only when trick or treating, but when driving as well. Safe Kids reminds us of a hard-to-hear fact,
“On average, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year.”
The most popular hours for trick or treating are 5:30 until 9:30, so please be especially careful when driving during these times.
Halloween-safety.com mentions these tips:
- Do not use your cell phone while driving. We’re not to be doing this anyway, but when the kids are out in the dark, it’s extremely dangerous.
- Pay extra attention to crosswalks and intersections. Children crossing the street may not be looking out for you, so you must be looking out for them.
- Drive below the posted speed limit.
- Do not pass vehicles stopped in the roadway. They may be letting out children.
- If you are dropping off or picking up your child in an area, pull off the road to a safe spot, and turn on your hazard lights to alert other motorists.
By observing these simple trick or treat safety tips, you and your family can have a “spooktacular” evening!
I hope you and your little ghosts and goblins have a fantastic and safe Halloween! What is your favorite trick or treat candy?
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