HALLOWEEN AND COVID-19
This Halloween will be extra spooky, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be prevalent. This year however, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, says it is ok to trick-or-treat, especially if you are vaccinated! For all our little ones who are not yet eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, it is best to trick-or-treat outdoors. It is recommended that you trick-or-treat in small groups and avoid large crowds. Masks should be worn by all if you are partaking in any indoor Halloween activities or anything in a crowded outdoor space. You can also consider passing out candy outside, such as on your porch or in your driveway, instead of inside your home. For more Halloween COVID-19 safety tips, click here.
HALLOWEEN AND FOOD ALLERGIES
It is also important to remember all of those kiddos with food allergies this Halloween. Most Halloween candy contains common allergens. If you are passing out Halloween treats, it’s nice to include a non-food option for those food-allergic kids. Pencils, stickers, and small toys are safe, fun and so appreciated by those kids living with a food allergy. If you do decide to offer a non-food treat for your trick-or-treaters, consider registering your home with the Teal Pumpkin Project. If your child does have a food allergy, make sure you are checking the labels of all Halloween candy – even ones that have been considered “safe” in the past. Check out these tips on how to avoid a food allergy scare on Halloween.
Lastly, remember to stay safe while trick-or-treating! Wear something reflective or bring a flashlight so others can easily spot you! Avoid sharp swords or costume accessories that your child can easily hurt themselves or others on. For more Halloween safety precautions, visit The Healthy Children’s site.
Have fun, stay safe and we hope you have a Happy Halloween!