What the CDC is Saying about Trick-or-Treating This Halloween
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- Skip the crowded Halloween parties, especially if they are indoors .
- People age 2 or older, if not fully vaccinated, should wear a face mask when inside public places.
- If your area has a high number of COVID-19 cases, consider wearing a face mask in outdoor settings if it’s crowded.
- Don’t host or attend a Halloween gathering if you are sick or have COVID-19 symptoms.
- Outdoor parties and activities are safer than indoor ones.
- If you are celebrating Halloween inside, make sure to bring in lots of fresh air, recommends the CDC. Open windows and doors. If you can, run a window fan in an open window to send indoor air back outside. This will pull more fresh air in through the other open windows.
- 44% from pumpkin carving
- 27% included cuts or swallowing injuries related to costumes and decorations
- 25% due to falls related to putting up or taking down decorations, or tripping on costumes while trick-or-treating
- 4% from allergic reactions and rashes
- Trim little kids’ costumes or jackets in reflective tape strips, let them hold a flashlight or attach some glow sticks to their treat bag. This will make them easier to see when it gets dark.
- Costumes should not be too loose or too long. This creates trip-and-fall hazards .
- If they are wearing a Halloween mask as part of their costume, check to make sure the eye holes match up with their face so they can see well as they walk.
- When carving pumpkins, leave the knife work to adults. Kids can use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and clean out the inside of the squash.
- Use solar or battery-operated lights in your pumpkin instead of an open flame.