Whether you are normally trick or treating, apple bobbing or handing out sweets, the traditions of 31 October aren’t things you would immediately consider to be “Covid-safe”. So does that mean Halloween is cancelled this year?
Not necessarily, if you’re doing something that increases your contacts with other people then you are automatically increasing their risk and your risk, but by taking precautions, it is still possible to enjoy Halloween safely.
- That means observing social distancing with people outside your household, asking people to stand well back when knocking on your doors and always keeping your hands clean using sanitiser in between people visiting.
- Because it’s Halloween. people are quite likely to be wearing a mask anyway so if you can make a face covering work it’s way into your outfit when answering the door, then even better!
- Perhaps agreeing with houses around you in advance that you are happy for them to visit for trick or treating.
- There’s also the issue of how to give/receive a treat;- If everyone’s scrabbling round in a bucket full of sweets and they touch all of them then there’s a risk of transmission. Covid-19 can be spread by touching surfaces contaminated with the virus, as well as through droplets breathed in. So if unwrapped sweets are left in a bucket for children to rummage in, with multiple hands touching the treats, there is a risk the virus could spread from fingers to mouths.
- To reduce this risk, give out individually wrapped sweets so children aren’t touching something they then put straight in their mouths. Safer still, you could leave sweets outside the door for people to help themselves or even tie individual bags of sweets to a fence or tree.
Five alternative things to do this Halloween:
- Organise a Halloween treasure hunt within your own household
- Host a virtual party with themed games and music
- Watch a scary movie with the family
- Decorate your own house and organise a spooky trail, avoiding face-to-face contact
or even try reverse trick or treating by dropping off pre-packed sweets on neighbours’ doorsteps!
Whatever you decide to do over the Halloween period, please stay safe and have fun.