Halloween 2021: What the CDC Recommends


Is Halloween cancelled? What are the safest ways to trick or treat?

Although it feels as though we’ve gotten pretty used to COVID precautions, it’s still best to stay up-to-date with best practices, especially with new variants and changing guidelines. The Hospitality Health ER team wanted to give parents the peace of mind this year by giving you a “one-stop-shop” to find the CDC guidelines recommended for all the fun trick-or-treating that lies ahead. 

What to do if you’re giving out the treats: 

  1. Avoid direct contact with the kiddos. This is easier said than done, especially when your neighbors’ toddler is excited to show you his awesome Spiderman costume. 
  2. Try to only give treats to trick-or-treaters outdoors. This will help prevent the spread of any potential germs. 
  3. Wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer between each treat handling. 
  4. Wear a mask. According to the FDA, wearing a face mask may limit exposure to respiratory droplets and large particles and may help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus.

Pro-tip: if you want to be extra cautious, you can set a station outside of our home with pre-bagged treats for the spooky costume wearers to grab n’ go! 


What to do if you’re trick-or-treating: 

  1. Wear a mask. Note: if your kiddo is under the age of 2, a mask is not recommended. Additionally, anyone who has difficulty breathing should not wear a mask. 
  2. Clean those hands! Make sure your children have hand sanitizer with them and use it in between each house they visit. 
  3. Maintain 6 feet of distance between anyone who does not live in your household.

For a more detailed list of CDC Halloween recommendations, check out this Checklist for Parents

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