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By: Alison Jacobson
Posted on: Oct 20, 2020

6 Halloween Safety Tips For A Spooktacular Night

Our guest blogger Alison Jacobson, The Safety Mom, is back again this week to talk about Halloween and how to stay safe and social distance while still enjoying some fun activities. Read on for Alison's tips for Halloween safety tips for a Spooktacular night!

Halloween Safety Tips For A Spooktacular Night

While we were all hoping that life would be back to normal by now unfortunately it’s not the case. It’s disappointing to all of us, but as the holidays roll around how to create fun, safe events for our kids is top of mind for most parents.

Halloween is fast approaching, and we all want to help our kids enjoy a Spooktacular night of trick-or-treating. Unfortunately having our kids go door-to-door getting candy handed to them is a definite high-risk activity. This is the year to get creative and think “outside the pumpkin” so our kids can still enjoy the season but keep everyone safe.

Here are 6 Halloween safety tips for you to think about for this year's festivities:

  1. Instead of having your kids go door to door, set up a Halloween hunt in the front yard. Decorate with tombstones and scary cats. Scatter bags of candy and let the hunt begin.
  2. If you are in an area that usually gets many trick or treaters, set up a table with individual bags spread apart. No little hands grabbing out of a bowl this year. Sit away from the table so you can keep an eye on activity and instruct kids to take the first bag they touch. Keep a pump container of hand sanitizer at the table and some Microban 24 Sanitizing Spray and please wear a mask!
  3. Set up a rope between two poles and hang pre-packaged bags of candy from clothespins for kids to grab.
  4. Set up a spooky “candy cemetery.” Get wooden paint stirrers from the local hardware store and tie chocolate bars, bags of M&Ms or Skittles to each and stake them in the ground around your yard.
  5. Host an outdoor spooky movie night where the kids can be together but at a safe distance. Serve individual bags of packaged popcorn and juice boxes.
  6. Host a neighborhood Trunk or Treat and parade. If you live in a quiet neighborhood with little traffic invite families with little ones in your neighborhood to parade by while neighbors set up a table or their car at the end of the driveway. Use a Halloween themed candy grabber to pick up the candy and put in their Halloween bags.

In regard to costumes this year, Halloween masks are not a safe substitute for a protective mask. Kids should also not wear a face mask under their costume mask as it may make it difficult to breathe. In general Halloween masks make breathing difficult so opt for face make-up and a face mask that has a Halloween theme or matches the make-up.

Throughout the pandemic the name of the game has been adaptability. Halloween can still be fun while also being safe! Happy Halloween!