Plan a Fun and Safe Halloween in 2020

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During the hectic Halloween season, it’s easy to get distracted by last minute costumes, yard decorating, and prepping for excited trick-or-treaters. However, there is one more essential item to consider: safety. This year in particular it is essential to take into consideration social distancing and other health guidelines when you celebrate Halloween with your family. Here are some tips to have a fun and safe Halloween this year:

Costumes: Make smart costume selections that are safe and will prevent injury and accidents, such as:

  • Be sure not to double up on a face mask and costume mask as this could be a breathing hazard. 

  • If it’s not required that you wear a face mask and you have a costume mask, make sure it does not restrict peripheral vision or hearing. Try to choose one that fits well, offers good ventilation, and has large eye holes. An alternative is to use non-toxic face paint instead of a costume mask.

  • Avoid large or loose garments that pose a tripping hazard. If the costume has loose components, avoid standing near open flames or candles, such as jack-o-lanterns.

  • Wear sturdy, well-fitting footwear. Oversized clown shoes or mom’s high heels are not conducive for safe walking.

  • If you plan to attend outdoor events, be sure to dress warmly and consider the elements. 

  • Select light-colored or reflective costumes that can be seen by drivers. You can also add reflective tape to props or candy bags for greater visibility.

Decorations: This year, more people may participate in decoration tours in lieu of more traditional Halloween activities. Set the stage for your friends and neighbors to have a hauntingly good time, but take precautions to avoid any real nightmares.

  • If you plan to host a neighborhood decoration tour, check out free Halloween online invitations to help you easily organize the event and gather RSVPs. 

  • Always keep a well-lit path and ensure walkways are clear of any debris or large decorations that could entangle visitors. 

  • If you’re planning to use electronic decorations, take care not to overload circuits and always use a surge protector. Be sure to use lights that are approved for outdoor use. If you find any frayed cords or broken plugs, discard these decorations.

Trick-or-Treating: To keep this favorite activity sweet, review important safety instructions before leaving home.

  • Provide yard signs that instruct people which way in and out to encourage one-way foot traffic

  • Set up an outdoor table with candy or individually wrapped goody bags in lieu of opening the door

  • Always travel in groups and carry a flashlight with fresh batteries if going out in the dark.

  • Pick a safe and familiar neighborhood. Stay on the sidewalk where available and walk, don’t run, from house to house.

  • Only approach houses that have their lights on and wait to check out your candy bounty at home before starting to snack.

  • If you don’t feel comfortable trick-or-treating this year, consider sending virtual trick-or-treat greetings with Halloween eCards and gift cards to spread cheer. 
Plan ahead with your safety precautions so that important details don’t get lost amidst the last minute shuffle before you head out the door. Now you are free to enjoy the spirit of the holiday and make some spectacular Halloween memories!

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