Any other year, Halloween would be a time for parties, paying visits to haunted houses, and going trick-or-treating with your friends. However, with Halloween just a few weeks away and COVID-19 still in our midst, many people are wondering exactly how they’re going to be able to safely go about navigating it without putting their health — or the health of others — at risk — and below you will find some helpful guidelines set out by the CDC.

Halloween Parties

As the weather is changing, it’s usually cooler on Halloween night, but if at all possible then it’s suggested you spend more time outdoors than in — as being indoors generally poses a higher risk when it comes to the spread of COVID-19. If you are going to be inside, then you should keep the area you’re in well-ventilated (i.e. by opening windows.) You should also avoid passing around or sharing drinks and snacks, and avoiding using things like smoke machines, as these may induce coughing — and, as you know, coughing is one way the virus can spread (via respiratory droplets.)

Trick-or-Treating

Because you’ll be handling things that others have touched when trick-or-treating (i.e. stair railings) and may want to snack on some Halloween candy as you’re out and about, it’s also a good idea to carry around hand sanitizer with you, and make sure you wash your hands as soon as you’re back home.

Handing Out Candy

Other Alternatives

Originally published at http://alighahary.ca on October 6, 2020.

Dr. Ali Ghahary is a Family Physician in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. http://www.alighahary.ca