Halloween is a great holiday for fun family bonding. Your little ones get to enjoy dressing up and trick-or-treating, and you get a chance to make long-lasting memories with your child. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we approach all of our celebrations, and you may be wondering how to keep your kids safe this year while still having fun. Here are our key safety tips for parents during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Don’t Forget Masks and Hand Sanitizer
No matter what you do for Halloween, it’s important to practice safety first. Kids and adults should all be wearing masks, as this dramatically reduces the risk of spreading the disease. Luckily, it’s easy to incorporate masks into a Halloween costume! You should also make sure you have hand sanitizer on you and use it regularly throughout the night, particularly if you’re touching any surfaces outside of your home.
Coordinate with Friends And Family
Things will look a little different this year – we’re not going to be able to trick-or-treat at just anyone’s house. However, you may be able to give your kids a safe trick-or-treating experience by sticking with a small group of people. If you have a small group of family and friends you already spend time with, work together to set up a Halloween experience in a backyard or park. Scavenger hunts are a great option for this, as it allows you to stay relatively far apart from each other while still giving the kids some excitement. Try to keep the group limited to just the closest friends and family, as large gatherings are still dangerous in most areas.
Try Socially Distanced Trick-Or-Treating
If you’re in a tight-knit neighborhood, consider using your cars for trick-or-treating. Have kids stand in their yards while adults drive by and throw candy towards them. This way, those who are at higher risk can stay in their cars while still participating, and kids get to show off their costumes. You can also put out candy in a dish at the end of your driveway and sit on your porch while kids go from house to house. If you choose this option, take the time to sanitize the bowl every so often when there’s a lull in trick-or-treaters.
Stay With Your Kids
If you go out on Halloween, stay with your kids and stick to well-lit areas. Since things are uncertain this year, older kids may need more supervision than normal to ensure they follow social distancing rules. If you’re going out at night, keep a flashlight with you and avoid going to areas you aren’t familiar with.
Try a Zoom Halloween
If you or a family member is immunocompromised, try planning a Zoom Halloween party this year. Have fun carving pumpkins and decorating the house, and give the kids time to show off their costumes. You can even come up with games to play online to give your little ones a sense of normalcy.
Although COVID-19 means that things will look a little different this year, you can still have fun with your little ones during the Halloween season. Want more tips and tricks for a fun and safe celebration? Contact us today to learn more.