With Halloween just a few weeks away, families and neighborhoods are beginning to discuss plans for safe trick-or-treating. Halloween costumes are being purchased and homes will stock up on prepackaged candy for October 31st. This year will be a little different than years past as we remain cognizant of the lingering Coronavirus. According to the CDC, traditional trick-or-treating may resume in 2021, but the CDC still recommends trick-or-treating outside in small groups and avoiding crowded indoor Halloween parties.
CT State Laws for a Safe Halloween During Covid
Last year Connecticut put together a list of high, medium, and low risk situations for Halloween based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH). Their recommendations have not been updated in 2021, but many of the suggestions are still helpful!
Traditional trick-or-treating may resume in 2021, but the CDC recommends trick-or-treating outside in small groups and avoiding crowded indoor Halloween parties.
Ideas for Coronavirus Safe Halloween Activities
We live in a neighborhood with a very active Homeowners Association encouraging Halloween celebrations. There are many children in our neighborhood, as well as retired couples, who look forward to October 31st every year. However, our neighborhood is a must-visit area in town for trick or treating and can become quite crowded. We are hoping to spread the word on how to have a safe Halloween during Coronavirus.
MORE Ideas for a Safe Halloween
- One way trick or treating – where goodie bags or a large bowl of candy are placed outside of your home for families to grab and go while continuing to social distance
- Children and adults wear gloves while trick or treating in small groups. Maintain a safe distance from other families
- Host a drive-by Halloween parade
- Prepare a candy scavenger hunt at home with your household members
- Set up an outdoor movie theater with socially distanced blankets for families to sit and enjoy the show.
More Safe Tips for Halloween 2021
Wear a mask and gloves while handing out candy to trick or treaters.
Turn your lights ON if you have candy for trick or treaters and lights OFF if you’re not participating.
Homes providing candy may set up hand sanitizer stations outside or parents/guardians can pack a travel bottle of their own.
Deliver goodie bags via mailbox to the children of the neighborhood – parents can hide the candy around the yard for the children.