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Boo! It’s a Pandemic Halloween!

October 27, 2020     By Boys Town Contributor

Corona Virus COVID-19, Family, Family Communication, Family Engagement, Parenting, Today's Family

Halloween this year sound scary to most parents. Deciding whether you should or should not allow your children to go from house to house trick or treating during a pandemic is a valid concern. What can parents and children do to stay safe and keep others safe from this deadly disease during this holiday event? Here are some commonsense tips for you to consider to have fun while staying safe.

1.     If you or your child are sick stay home and trick or treat there! Decorate the inside of your home with Halloween décor. You can make one room as a haunted area while another is a sweet treat Hogwarts table. Allow your children to go from room to room knocking and getting tricked or receiving a treat! Take pictures for your memory book or Facebook page.

2.     If you want to avoid walking around on crowd streets with others than spend Halloween with family and close friends! You can have a backyard theme party with a small group of family and friends. This way your children don't miss out on the holiday and you create a way to celebrate with people you know. Still, practice social distancing and wear your mask. This is a perfect holiday for a mask.

3.     If you are concerned about taking your children to strangers' homes for Halloween, then don't trick or treat with strangers. Go to homes that you know have been quarantined for 14-days prior to Halloween, you know everyone is healthy there, and they are practicing social distancing while providing your children with Halloween treats.

4.     If you are concerned about taking your children to elder person's homes than send a video to them. It very important to keep our most vulnerable relations safe during the holiday. It is best not to take your children to their homes, but you should remember them during the holiday season. Include them by using your electronic devises and sending a Halloween greeting.

5.     If you are totally fine with allowing your children to trick or treat than make sure you supervise them and prepare your child for less treats this year. Talk to your children ahead of time to let them know other people may not feel comfortable with opening their doors to strangers for Halloween. Check the CDC report on virus spread in your community before going out to know what areas might be less safe for interaction. Trick or treat in your own community to contain exposure. Supervision during Halloween is important. You want to know where your children have been and who they've interacted with in case they should contract the virus. At homes where people are giving out treats, collect the individually wrapped candy in one bag to be inspected later.​

These are scary times regardless of whether it is Halloween or not. Don't make it scarier. Be considerate to others. It's kind thing to do. Practice social distancing and wear your mask. Be sure to wash hands/use wipes and avoid touching your face. Stay home if you or your child aren't feeling well.Let's all have a fun Halloween while keeping our families and communities safe.​


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