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How to Have a Happy Healthy Halloween During a Pandemic

  • author name Lindsay Pringle, M.Ed
Halloween Pumpkins

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many families are thinking about ways to make Halloween celebrations both fun and safe. Luckily, this isn’t as challenging as you might think.

Traditions to Keep

Many of your favorite Halloween activities are perfectly safe to do during the pandemic. You can carve or decorate pumpkins with your family, watch scary movies at home, and decorate your house with spooky decorations. 

Old Favorites with a New Twist

If you would normally host a Halloween party, it’s important to remember that COVID-19 spreads most easily in crowded indoor places when people are in close contact. For a safer option, consider a small outdoor gathering with your neighbors. Maybe an outdoor movie night or a haunted forest in your yard.  Or how about a virtual costume contest with a few ghost stories thrown in? 

Trick or Treat Safely

If your kids or grandkids are going trick-or-treating, they should wear face masks and follow traditional safety measures:

  • Never enter a house for a treat.
  • Don’t eat treats until checked by an adult.
  • If kids are outdoors after dark, add reflective tape to their clothes, and carry a light to make sure they are visible to cars. 
  • When trick-or-treating, stay on sidewalks or follow the rules of the road for bicycles, and avoid busy streets. 
  • Make sure accessories like swords and magic wands have blunt tips to avoid injury to skin and eyes.
  • Encourage kids to eat healthy meals as usual before digging into their candy stash.

Giving out Treats

If you choose to give out treats, here are some fun and safe ways:

  • Make individually-wrapped treat bags and line them up for families to grab and go at the end of your driveway or on your front steps.  
  • Hang treat bags or pieces of candy from a large tree in your yard for kids to choose from. 
  • Create a game by adding a decorated tube to the railing of your front stairs and slide treats into kids’ treat buckets. 
  • Consider handing out toys and games and allergy-friendly options for kids who have dietary restrictions.
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Lindsay Pringle, M.Ed

Lindsay Pringle, M.Ed, is a Health Promotion Specialist in Community Health and Wellness. Lindsay coordinates initiatives to promote the health, safety and well-being of children and adolescents in the community. She holds a master’s degree in education from Millersville University and a bachelor's of science degree in Kinesiology from Penn State University.

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The LG Health Hub features breaking medical news and straightforward advice to help individuals of all ages make healthy choices and reach their wellness goals. The blog puts articles by trusted Lancaster General Health clinical experts, good 'n healthy recipes, videos, patient stories, and health risk assessments at your fingertips.


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