What’s Happening with Halloween Given the Pandemic?

Here are some tips and guidelines for celebrating safely.

kids in costume with masksTrick-or-treating during a pandemic adds to what has already been a year filled with frightful events. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Health warn against the typical door-to-door trick-or-treating and in-person parties this year, there are still plenty of options for you and your family to celebrate safely.  

As a reminder, per Virginia Beach City Code, trick-or-treating begins at dusk on October 31 and ends at 8 p.m. and is for children 12 years of age and younger only. 

Monitor halloween2020.org for location-specific information and recommendations. 

Lower the risk: 

If you are passing out candy:  

  • Designate one person to pass out candy instead of having a self-serve bowl; wear a face covering (mask) and gloves.
  • Purchase pre-packaged goodies to distribute instead of making homemade treats.
  • Turn on your porch or other lighting if you are participating in trick-or-treating; if you are not participating, turn off the lighting. Make sure there is a safe path for the children to travel. 

If you are trick-or-treating:

  • Stay close to home and with people you know while staying apart from others. 
  • Use hand sanitizer often.
  • Do not allow your children to consume any candy before you have had a chance to inspect it. When in doubt, throw it out.
  • Wear a face covering even if a costume includes a mask. Make sure you and your child can still see well.  
  • Wear reflective clothing and/or carry lights so you are easily visible in the dark.  

Make everyone’s safety your top priority for a truly happy Halloween. 

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