Celebrating Halloween in 2020 will be more difficult due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Normally a time when children dress up in costumes and parade around neighborhoods bringing back hordes of candy, traditional trick-or-treating is not recommended this year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
To help you and family stay safe during Halloween 2020, Patterson Legal Group presents the following safety guide. In addition to steps you can take if you insist on taking your kids out trick-or-treating, our team has a number of fun alternatives you can safely enjoy at home.
Trick-or-Treating During Halloween 2020
Some families and children will go out on trick-or-treat adventures, despite CDC guidelines. While this definitely increases your chances of exposure to the current coronavirus strain, there are several things that you can do to stay safer. They include:
- Staying in a group with people in your household only
- Maintaining at least six feet of distance from other people
- Wearing a mask that covers your mouth and nose
- Only accepting treats from houses that have set up contactless stations
- Applying hand sanitizer after picking up a treat
- Not attending gatherings of more than six people
- Limiting activity to the outdoors (no haunted houses)
If your children are wearing costumes, it’s important that they don’t double up on masks. The safety mask that covers their mouth and nose is the priority. Placing a decorative mask on top of that may cause breathing difficulties.
Partaking in traditional Halloween fun is risky this year. If you prefer a cautious approach, here are some excellent activities that can be done at home.
Have a Pumpkin Carving Party
Have one member of your household pick up pumpkins and immediately wipe them down once they’re at home. On Halloween day, you and your family can enjoy carving up some pumpkins into creative jack-o’-lanterns. Be sure to use child-safe carving tools and inspect them for any product defects.
Have a Halloween Bake Off
Autumn is an amazing time for desserts. Bake some traditional Fall pies, like pumpkin, sweet potato, and pecan. You can even make some Halloween cookies, decorated with orange and black sprinkles or frosting. If your family loves chocolate chip cookies, use a pipe cleaner as soon as they’re out of the oven so that you can give each chip eight legs for some Halloween spider chip cookies.
Make Halloween 2020 a Movie Night
There are so many incredible Halloween movies for you and your family to enjoy. From truly terrifying horror to wholesome family movies, it’s easy to make Halloween 2020 an unforgettable movie night.
With modern “watch party” features, you can even enjoy movies with your friends across the world. Netflix, Hulu, and Disney Plus have native “watch party” functionality, while third-party services like Scener work across numerous services.
Have a Great Halloween 2020
No matter what you and your family choose to do, Patterson Legal Group hopes that you have a wonderful Halloween 2020. If your fun takes you outside, please be sure to exercise caution. There tends to be a spike in car accidents this time of the year since it gets dark sooner. Halloween in particular often has a rise in slip-and-fall accidents due to the extra foot traffic. Should you or a loved one suffer a personal injury in a Halloween accident because of the recklessness of another, please contact us at 888-687-2400 for immediate assistance. You can also reach us online via LiveChat or encrypted contact form.
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