Follow these tips for Halloween safety

While participating in any Halloween activities, Driscoll Children’s Hospital physicians are suggesting South Texas parents follow these Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

While trick-or-treating: 

  • Wear a safety mask and incorporate it in with your costume.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you. Whether you are indoors or outdoors, you are more likely to get or spread COVID-19 when you are in close contact with others for a long time.
  • Bring hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol) with you and use it after touching objects or other people. Parents should supervise young children using hand sanitizer.
  • When you get home, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before you eat any treats.

When handing out candy: 

  • Help make trick-or-treating safer by avoiding direct contact with trick-or-treaters.
  • Give out treats outdoors, if possible.
  • Wash hands before handling any treats.
  • Remember to wear a mask.

How to properly wear a mask at Halloween: 

  • A costume mask is not a suitable substitute for a cloth mask. Do NOT wear a costume mask over a cloth mask, it can make breathing more difficult. Instead, make your cloth mask part of your costume.
  • Masks should NOT be worn by children under the age of 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing.
  • Remember to avoid large gatherings, wear a mask and maintain physical distancing.

Other fun ways to safely celebrate Halloween: 

  • Decorate or carve pumpkins.
  • Watch your favorite Halloween movie.
  • Have a virtual costume party.
  • Make Halloween arts and crafts.
  • Tell scary stories with your family.
  • Play hide and seek around the house with your favorite Halloween treats.