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Posted on: October 2, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Best Practices for Halloween Activities During COVID-19

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The Madison County Health Department encourages everyone to celebrate Halloween safely during COVID-19. It is best to plan outdoor activities and keep your celebration small with family or close friends. If you are sick, stay home and do not hand out candy. 

 If Trick-or-Treating

  • Keep your trick-or-treating group small with family or close friends. 
  • Stay 6-feet away from other trick-or-treaters not in your group. 
  • Wear a face covering over both your mouth and nose. Consider wearing a Halloween-themed cloth mask instead of a costume mask.

NOTE: Do not wear a costume mask over a cloth mask. It can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe. 

  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Wash your hands after unwrapping candy and before you eat it. 

If Handing Out Candy to Trick-or Treaters

  • Wear a face covering over both your mouth and nose. 
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Make it easy for people to keep 6-feet of distance.
    1. Use duct tape or chalk to mark 6-feet of distance leading to the front door.
    2. Place a table between yourself and trick-or-treaters.

Instead of Trick-or-Treating

  • Carve or decorate pumpkins.
  • Have a virtual Halloween costume contest.
  • Do a scavenger hunt. Hide candy or give children a list of Halloween things to look for.

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