We have reached spooky season! But we are also in a pandemic which has numbers going up again, at least where I live.
Last year, my partner and I got possession of our house on November 1st, so we didn’t get to hand out candy to kids and before that we lived in a condo which isn’t great for trick-or-treaters. This year I was really looking forward to handing out candies but now we are in a pandemic.
Maybe something that is on your mind is do we let the kids go trick-or-treating?
I think yes. I believe that it is easy enough to maintain the 6ft distance, have no contact and you can incorporate a mask into costumes. Here is how I will be dealing with Halloween and I hope some of these ideas can help you too!
1. Incorporate a mask into the costume
This one I think is major. We should all be using masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you can incorporate it into the costume that is awesome. For example drawing the Joker’s smile on the mask if your kid is going as the joker, super easy right. Or putting lips on the mask if your kid is going as a princess or something more feminine.
2. Hand out candies that can be easily wiped down
This would be the single small packets that you get in a 120 pack or maybe a can of pop. I don’t recommend that you get anything that has a paper wrapper because if it gets wiped down it can make a mess. You know what wet paper is like.
3. Have a stick or something that you can ring the doorbell with
The doorbell with be a high touch place on halloween so I suggest getting a stick or something like a “kooty key” or germ utility hook (pic below)
having one of these to ring the doorbell will be key. I also suggest having something to knock with because if the doorbell doesn’t work you are going to want to knock which will also be a high touch area.
4. Have hand sanitizer
just have it on hand in case because you know life.
5. Once the doorbell has been rung stand 6ft back
this is just for the social distancing it might be hard to maintain when getting the candy but you know some people like to guess what the kids are so having as little close contact is best.
6. When handing out the candy get a reacher grabber
Or tongs from the kitchen will work!
7. Wear a mask when handing out candy
this is kind of the same as the other mask one but I feel like it is also important for the giver of candy. You may not be in others presence for long but it can still be beneficial.
8. Keep chit chat to a minimum
I know this one seems almost rude but it can help. It limits an exposure time which will help.
9. Keep the 6ft distance between your group and the next if you are walking
this also applies to when you may be waiting at a house for candy.
10. Wipe down your kids candy when you get home
If you can get some sanitary wipes just wipe the outsides of the candies. If you are able to maybe let the candies sit untouched for a few days just to be safe.
So that is what I will be doing for Halloween this year. I would hate to not have the kids going out because it has been a hard year for them and really everyone so if we can give them this holiday that can easily be made COVID safe lets do it.