Halloween safety tips from the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department

With Halloween fast approaching, here are some guidelines to keep trick-or-treaters safe.
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Courtesy: Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department

Basic COVID-19 health measures must be followed during the holiday:

  • Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth UNDER your costume mask.
  • Wash your hands.
  • Maintain at least six foot distancing from others.

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If you are sick, stay home and don’t prepare or distribute treats. Older adults, especially those with underlying health conditions or who are at a higher risk for COVID-19, should consider not participating in activities. Additional Health Department recommendations include:

Trick-or-Treating
  • Keep groups of trick-or-treaters to eight or less.
  • Use hand sanitizer while out and wash hands when you return home.
  • Don’t eat candy while trick-or-treating.
Handing out Treats
  • Wash hands before touching treats.
  • If possible, put treats in prepackaged bags.
  • Don’t allow children to reach into the treat bowl.
  • Be creative with physical distancing. Stay on the porch and line-up treat bags or use plastic or cardboard pipe to make a six-foot-long chute.
  • Use tape or chalk to mark six-foot lines on sidewalks in front of homes and leading to doorsteps.
Trunk-or-Treat Events
  • Consider a drive through-style event.
  • Consider a timed ticketed event that promotes correct distancing.
  • Don’t eat candy during the event.
  • Use hand sanitizer and wash your hands when you return home.
Neighborhood Halloween Celebrations and Parties
  • Toss candy from six feet away to children who remain on the sidewalks.
  • Set up curbside/drive through treat pickup sites.
  • Try a reverse trick-or-treat that lets children stand in front of their houses as treat bags are distributed to them.
  • Host a costume parade with a predetermined route marked to maintain safe distances between participants. Incorporate sanitizing stations, yellow caution tape, and tape or chalk on the sidewalks.
  • Keep gatherings outdoors and limit participation to eight guests or less.
Pumpkin Patch
  • Sanitize hands before and after touching pumpkins.
  • Avoid hayrides with people outside of your household.
  • Avoid indoor haunted houses and Halloween characters that scream or yell.
  • Maintain at least six foot distancing.
Haunted Houses
  • Due to distancing and ventilation issues, indoor haunted houses are to be avoided.
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