As luck would have it, Halloween 2020 falls enticingly on a Saturday and will play out under the holiday’s first full moon (“blue moon”) in nearly 70 years. But we must also deal with a once-in-a-blue-moon pandemic this Halloween. Boo!
The CDC is discouraging traditional Halloween activities this year, and some at-risk communities and families are choosing to forego their normal trick-or-treat routines. However, it’s important to note that trick-or-treating has not been canceled (yet) in many parts of America, including right here in the Jacksonville area!
To trick-or-treat, or not to trick-or-treat? That’s the question. If you’re choosing to venture out into the neighborhood during Pandemic Halloween, be sure to do so safely. Follow these 10 trick-or-treater safety tips and do your part to reduce the risk of spreading or catching COVID-19.
Wear a Facemask
Halloween costume masks are usually not adequate substitutes for cloth or surgical-grade facemasks. To qualify as a good face covering, masks must have at least two layers of breathable fabric, cover both the mouth and nose, and not leave any gaps or openings around the face.
You shouldn’t cover your facemask with a Halloween mask, either. This could make it difficult for trick-or-treaters to breathe. You can, however, decorate your facemask to match typical Halloween themes—ghoulies, goblins, Karens, etc.
Bring Hand Sanitizer
Keeping a little bottle of hand-sani on your person is a requirement these days. Use it liberally (between knocks and after opening candy).
Do you best to stay at least 6 feet away from other people who are not part of your “bubble.” This might prove to be difficult, especially with crowds of trick-or-treaters on patios and knocking on front doors for candy.
Travel in Small Groups
The more people in your trick-or-treating posse, the riskier. Stick to small, close-knit groups.
Don’t let your trick-or-treaters share toys, costume props, or any other items. And when it comes to candy, if you touch it, you keep it.
Outside > Inside
If you have the choice between trick-or-treating outside or going to a haunted house this year, grabbing your candy bucket is a no-brainer. Outdoor activities are much safer than indoor ones.
Enclosed spaces, like haunted houses and indoor Halloween costume parties, are poorly ventilated, allowing the coronavirus to spread more freely. Attendees at these Halloween events may also scream or yell, which increases the risk.
Individually Wrap Treats
“On average, the risk of COVID-19 transmission from surfaces is lower than from airborne transmission,” says Thomas Tsai, an epidemiologist at Harvard University. “But the risk isn’t zero. With children, with runny noses, it’s very easy to potentially contaminate candy, especially when you have, potentially groups of children reaching into the same candy bowl.”
Homeowners who are planning to hand out candy on Halloween should consider individually wrapping goodies prior to trick-or-treat time. Line the bags on a table, set up at the end of a driveway or entryway, and let trick-or-treaters grab one at a time. This promotes safe social distancing and keeps everyone better protected.
Identify Your Route in Advance
This year many houses that would normally participate in trick-or-treating may not be. If possible, you should limit the number of houses you visit and try to plan your candy-grabbing route before heading out. Communities and neighborhoods may provide a list or maps of homes that will pass out candy in 2020, and you can check out your area’s Treat Map on Nextdoor.
Don’t Participate if You’re Feeling Icky
It shouldn’t need to be said, but if you’re feeling under the weather, skip this Halloween. There’s no reason to risk the health of others.
Find a Drive-Thru Trick-or-Treat
Many cities are canceling their Halloween events and hosting drive-thru/drive-by trick-or-treats, instead. For instance, Lowe’s is offering drive-through curbside trick-or-treating in most large cities, including in the Jacksonville area. Find and get registered for your nearest Lowe’s trick-or-treat event here, before they fill up.
Need a new SUV or van to make the best of this nutso trick-or-treating season? Get a price quote on a 2021 Honda Odyssey or Pilot from a Honda dealership near you. Both vehicles offer seating for up to 8 riders, rear-seat entertainment, and a unique CabinTalk PA system—features that will serve your family just as well on the 364 non-Halloween days.
Contact your closest First Coast Honda Dealers store to learn more about any new models, schedule a test drive, or request a quote today. You’ll find we have numerous Honda lease and finance offers available now and through the end of the year. What a treat!