Safe Halloween Fun During COVID-19May 19, 2021
“There are low to no risk activities which could add up to a really great Halloween so that this year’s Halloween celebration is not full of scary disappointments, but more full of fun and celebration.”
This week on the 3D Parent Podcast, I’m going to share with you the recommendations of things to avoid for this year’s Halloween due to the unfortunate pandemic and things you can still proceed with while taking proper precautions.
Some of the topics I discuss include:
- High-risk activities that should be avoided for this week’s Halloween celebration.
- Moderate risk activities that you could explore, bearing in mind the risk that comes with it and proper precautions to remember.
- Low to no risk activities which are safe alternatives compare to traditional Halloween activities that may not be advisable this year.
The pandemic has already brought a bunch of disappointments, not just for adults, but also for children. With the CDC’s consideration and guidelines for holiday celebration, it reminds us that we can still have a fun and joyful holiday without compromising our safety.
Things You Will Learn
[01:08] In light of the pandemic, a lot of things we typically do to celebrate Halloween may not be considered safe this year. That’s why in this episode, I’m going to share the recommendations on activities that you should avoid this coming Halloween and alternative activities you can opt to do instead.
[01:56] First off, the traditional door-to-door trick or treating is on the no-no list of the CDC due to the risk of possible transmission. The newer version: trunk-or-tear, where treats are being handed out from the trunks of cars in parking lots, should also be avoided. Here are some other things to avoid for this year’s Halloween:
- Indoor Halloween parties.
- Indoor haunted houses.
- Traveling out of town for Halloween festivities and/or harvest festivals.
[06:00] Meanwhile, here are some of the activities that are considered to have moderate risk in terms of spreading viruses:
- Booing or one-way trick-or-treating where individually wrapped treats are already prepared in front of the door so families can pick it up with proper social distancing.
- Pumpkin patches and outdoor Halloween parties are also within the guides of moderate risk activity. When attending such gatherings, just make sure that masks are being enforced and that the area is large enough so that social distancing is still enforceable.
[08:34] There are also some low to no risk activities that your family can enjoy this coming Halloween. First and foremost, I encourage you to go big with Halloween decorations. This is going to create a fun atmosphere that your kids could enjoy.
[10:10] As door-to-door trick or treating is considered as a high-risk activity, you might want to consider an alternative, such as a Halloween scavenger hunt. I consider this as a close alternative to the traditional door-to-door trick or treating as it offers a similar experience with lesser risk.
[12:34] Here are some of the fun Halloween activities that you can consider with low to no risk of virus transmission:
- Plan a virtual costume contest.
- Halloween-themed movie night.
- Candy hunt, like an easter egg hunt, but this time, the kids will be looking for candies.
[14:09] This year’s Halloween celebration might be different from last year, but I hope that the suggestions I mentioned could still bring a lot of joy, and ultimately, rekindle the real spirit of the season.
Quotes From Episode 52
“Stay away from any indoor Halloween parties that may be thrown. Stay away from any place where people are gathering indoors, even with masks on, as there is a higher likelihood that the virus could be transmitted.”
“Make sure that you check ahead of time if mask-wearing and social distancing before attending pumpkin patch or similar outdoor gatherings.”
“Given the restrictions that are presented to us with the pandemic, I hope you will still have a wonderful Halloween with your families.”
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