Metro Health Offers Guidelines For A Safer Halloween


What are your plans for Halloween? I haven't quite decided but I know how much my kids want to go trick-or-treating. Currently San Antonio is doing rather well in positivity cases. We're under 5%. But we have to stay smart and stay safe. Here are Metro Health's tips to have a safe holiday.

Safer Trick or Treating Tips

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Parents and children should wear appropriate face coverings if going out to trick-or-treat. Halloween masks are not adequate protection. 
  • Limit the size of your group to those within your household.
  • Maintain a distance of six feet or more between other groups.
  • Bring hand sanitizer and use it frequently.
  • Avoid going inside other homes.
  • Only enjoy pre-packaged treats and avoid buffets or shared food.
  • Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds when you return home.

Safer Ways to Hand out Treats

  • Don’t hand out candy if you or someone in your household is sick.
  • Participate in distanced trick-or-treating by not requiring trick-or-treaters to come to your door.
  • Prepare individually wrapped goodie bags or leave individually wrapped candy for families to grab and go on a disinfected table at the end of a driveway or the edge of a yard.
  • Be sure to disinfect the table periodically
  • When preparing goodie bags, be sure to wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds before and after.

Safer Adult Halloween Activities

  • Don’t go out if you are feeling sick.
  • Limit gatherings with people outside of your household. If you plan to host or go to a Halloween party, plan an outdoor gathering as opposed to an indoor gathering.
    • Gathering in small groups is safer
    • Avoid beverages from the shared punch bowl and buffet-style food
    • Avoid crowded indoor parties, especially going into haunted houses or hayrides where people may be screaming
  • Wear appropriate face coverings if going out to trick-or-treat. Halloween masks are not adequate protection. 
  • Avoid using drugs and alcohol.

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