Updated: Nov 12
The COVID-19 pandemic means Halloween is different this year, but that does not mean we cannot adapt and still have fun. Consider the following suggestions for Trick or Treating safely this year on Cape Cod.
1. Do Not Have a Candy Bowl. One of the most important things you can do is skip the "communal" candy bowl. Whether you usually hand out candy from the bowl or let kids dig in and grab their favorites, it's not safe this year. A candy bowl can't be contact-free.
2. Do Have Grab-and-Go. Set up a table, decorate it if you want, and place the wrapped candy out on the table individually, allowing kids to come up and pick their favorites without touching any other pieces. You could also make small pre-wrapped bags and encourage trick-or-treaters to each take one. Consider leaving hand sanitizer out for trick-or-treaters to use.
3. Wear a face mask or face covering. For more information on face masks and face coverings, please see CDC Guidelines on Use of Masks https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html
Note: A costume mask is not a substitute for a face mask or face covering. To protect yourself and others, ensure you are wearing a protective face mask or covering instead of or in addition to a costume mask.
4. Keep it Close to Home. Often the trick-or-treating goal is to go to as many houses as possible, but this year it might be best to keep it simpler and stay closer to home.
5. Six Feet of Physical Distance Still Applies Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet of physical distance from all other participants who are not members of the same household and keep your group small. If you normally go out with neighbors, consider keeping it to just one other family this year for easier social distancing.
6. Good Hygiene is Key: Observe good hand hygiene, including hand washing and use of alcohol-based sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol. Carry hand sanitizer and use it often, especially after coming into contact with frequently touched surfaces and before eating candy. Also refrain from touching your face.
7. Opt to Stay Home. Decorate your yard and turn on some Halloween music or movies. You should definitely stay home and refrain from Halloween activities, including handing out Halloween treats, if:
you feel unwell;
you have tested positive for COVID-19;
you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19
Check more tips at Mass.gov at
Read the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html