Halloween season is here with pumpkins, decorations, costumes and yummy things!
We’re all excited to celebrate this time of creativity and want to make sure it’s also safe and healthy for our children.
The state Department of Health issued a list of Halloween safety guidance last week, advising families how to celebrate Halloween without spreading COVID-19. That list of tips includes basic advice such as “stay home if you are feeling sick” and “wash your hands before eating candy,” but also recommends setting up pre-packaged treats for trick-or-treaters to minimize contact and to hold gatherings outdoors instead of inside.
The DOH also advises that Halloween costume masks are not a suitable substitute for a sturdy nose-and-mouth covering and recommends people integrate COVID-mitigating masks into their costumes as we did last year.
Following are some ideas to celebrate that keep our community safe:
- Print and color Keiki Heroes Halloween Coloring Sheets and talk to your kids about safety
- Host “gingerbread” haunted houses or pumpkin carving contests virtually or in your social pod
- Organize a backyard Halloween treat hunt
- Decorate homes and yards and cars to create the festive atmosphere
- Start or continue a “Halloween Boo” tradition (search online for examples) with
- Pods can host costume parades in their neighborhood. Invite neighbors and kupuna to watch the costume parade from the safety of their own homes.
We’d also love to hear your ideas for celebrating Halloween and the holidays safely. Please share your ideas @keikiheroes.