Trick or treating is going to be a little bit different this year thanks to you know what. There may be some communities that ban it completely, but if you live in an area that is allowing trick or treating there are a few things you can do to make trick or treating social distancing friendly.
Social Distancing: From the Trick or Treating Side
Wear a Mask
Be sure that everyone, including the kids in costume, are wearing masks and that these masks stay on for the whole night. Set the ground rule before you even leave the house that if someone takes off their mask everyone is going home immediately.
Use a ladle or Tongs To Grab Candy
Have something that will allow kids to get candy from a bowl without having to touch the bowl or any of the other candy that is inside. This will help prevent the spread of the virus just in case someone who is trick or treating where your family is happens to be infected.
Avoid Plastic Candy Containers
The virus lives for 3 days on plastic surfaces so this year go with a pillowcase for collecting candy! The virus won’t be able to survive as long if the pillowcase comes into contact with it. But, that doesn’t mean that the candy inside is safe. Check out the bonus tip below for how to get around that.
Stay Away from Others
This might seem like a no-brainer but in the excitement of the evening, it will be easy to forget that there is a pandemic going on. So, be sure to keep a safe 6-foot distance from other trick or treaters. Your kids may need to be reminded of this a few times as they hurry to get the candy. Prepare your kids for the fact that they may end up having to stand in lines to get their turn in front of the candy.
Teach Your Kids the Rules
Which brings us to teaching your kids the rules. This year isn’t like normal years trick or treating, there are extra rules that have to be followed like keeping your mask on, not hugging friends, and not touching things that aren’t theirs. The consequence for breaking those rules is the end of trick or treating and returning home.
Have an extra bag of candy at home and make a trade with your kids. Let them eat the candy that was safe untouched at home while the candy they gathered while trick or treating has a few days to let any virus on it die.
Social Distancing: From the Handing Out Candy Side
Give Little Goodie Bags
Instead of giving out individual candies in a big bowl offer little clear envelopes of candy that are lined up so it’s easy for kids to just take one without touching the rest. This will help keep the virus from spreading.
Leave the Candy at The End of Your Driveway
Keep kids away from your front door this year by leaving a table of candy at the end of your driveway. You can sit outside and keep an eye on the candy either sitting in your yard or staying at least 6 feet away.
Sanitize The Table Candy is On
Before trick or treating begins sanitize the table the candy will be sitting on and then at the end of the day, before you bring it in the house sanitize it again. This will reduce the chances of you getting sick.