New York State Health Department has released safety guidelines for Halloween this year, as well as alternative activities families can partake in instead of trick-or-treating.
The guidelines are similar to those released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), encouraging people to stay home and avoid large gatherings, but also advising on best practices for those who decide to go trick-or-treating on Halloween.
The health department provided a list of do’s and don’ts for Halloween night. Below are some of the tips.
- Trick-or-treat close to home, with household family only.
- Practice social distancing.
- Give treats or candy outdoors on the porch or in the yard.
- Wear face masks.
- Wash hands before and after trick-or-treating.
- Pick out candy from a bowl or take it directly from someone’s hands.
- Trick-or-treat in crowded areas or streets.
- Host large parties or gatherings.
- Trick-or-treat in large groups.
- Wear a Halloween mask over a face mask.
Families looking to enjoy Halloween but avoid going trick-or-treating, can celebrate with the following activities:
- Virtual costume party with friends and family.
- Create a home or neighborhood scavenger hunt.
- Hand out non-candy treats like magnets, pencils or glow sticks.
- Carve and decorate pumpkins at home.
- Watch Halloween-themed movies.