Halloween is such a fun time of the year and obviously this year it poses a lot of challenges to us. So I think that it's a great thing to just try and think ahead to plan on how we can save the holiday without jeopardizing our health.So a really important point is that costume masks really should not take precedence over regular masks. They are not as effective so masks still need to be worn by the kids who are going to be running around, and the parents as well. Because well even if we're afar, everyone's running around you're inevitably going to get close to somebody. It's great that halloween is outdoors so just make sure that everyone still is abiding by the mask wearing rule to keep it safe.I think the one part about the trick-or-treating that bothers me is that everyone's going to be huddling up into a doorway, ringing a bell and touching that one spot that everyone else is touching, then be face to face with someone who's opening the door who you don't necessarily know. We don't even know if they're going to have a mask on, what their safety precautions are, if they're sick if they're healthy, and then they're going to stick their hand in a bowl that everyone else's hands are in.So that's the one part I think we can be creative about to try and avoid. I've seen many options that I think are really great ideas, there's a PVC pipe to kind of just send the candy down. People may sit out in tables and hand out pre-packaged stuff. Or one that I really love is just setting it all out on the lawn in front so they're kind of separated, nobody has to huddle up, there's no ringing of that doorbell there's no bucket. You just have to make sure that everyone's taking one of everything we know that's quite tough for them.
DIY Candy chutes are a great way to socially distance while you give out candy!And then aside from trick-or-treating there's a few other options that can help to maintain the holiday spirit and just be a little more creative about it all. So make a bigger deal about decorating about pumpkin carving or painting, maybe make your own costume, maybe watch spooky movies, create a new holiday tradition that can be just special for this year or would be maintained every new year coming up. Scavenger hunts are a good one, hide candy around have them work for the sugar that they're going to be binging on later.And make sure everyone's hand washing so they're going to be touching a lot of things so hand washing before opening and eating things and even wiping down and sanitizing the candy once they get it not the candy itself but the wrapper. They're obviously going to be wanting to enjoy the fruits of their labor, not really fruit the sugar sugar sugar so, we're really not sure if the covid could be infected from touching of surfaces so I think it's just better to be safe and try and wipe them down beforehand. And hopefully with all of that we can maintain the magic of of halloween!Lastly, as you go shopping this week for trick-or-treaters, there are some options to get healthy candy for the kids this halloween. Check out my other article on that for some ideas :)