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Have a spooky—and safe—2021 Halloween

Oct. 29, 2021—Halloween this year doesn't have to be scary when it comes to COVID-19. A few precautions can keep everyone safe while still letting your family have a ton of spooky fun.

Enjoy the outdoors

The great thing about traditional Halloween celebrations is that it's natural to hold them outdoors. The coronavirus is much less likely to spread in the open air than in indoor, poorly ventilated areas.

If you're taking the kids trick-or-treating, be sure you:

  • Have them wear a well-fitting multilayer face mask that covers the nose and mouth.
  • Travel in small groups.
  • Keep a safe distance from others along the way.
  • Don't gather in a large crowd at someone's front door.
  • Don't go inside.
  • Wash hands when you come home.

If you stay home to give out treats, wear a face mask and sit or stand outside. Even better, line up packaged treats on a table for kids to take as they pass by.

If trick-or-treating isn't your thing, look for fun outdoor events like costume parades or haunted outdoor mazes.

Inside and at-home fun

Small indoor parties are generally safe for children over age 2 years, as long as rooms are well-ventilated and everyone wears a face mask. But if you can't guarantee that, it's probably safer for unvaccinated kids to skip the party.

They can still have Halloween fun at home with pumpkin decorating, Halloween-themed treats or a costumed movie night.

Costumes and traffic and carving, oh my!

COVID-19 isn't the only Halloween hazard to watch out for. Here are more great tips for keeping kids safe this Halloween.

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