We are all sad that Boo Bash and other large-scale Halloween events aren’t happening this year. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have any Halloween fun! The Washington State Department of Health has offered tips for planning a safer Halloween
Among their recommended activities:
Have a scavenger hunt at home. Dress up and hide candy or other treats throughout the house or around the yard.
Host an online costume or pumpkin carving contest.
Have a Halloween movie marathon with household members.
If you do go trick-or-treating:
Stick with members of your household and keep at least 6 feet of distance from any non-household members.
Wear a cloth face covering or mask if older than age 2. Make sure the mask is snug around your nose and mouth and does not have holes. A plastic costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth face covering.
Wash your hands before and after trick-or-treating.
Bring plenty of hand sanitizer.
If you give out treats:
Limit candy to individually wrapped treat bags. This reduces the number of people who would typically touch items in a communal bowl.
If possible, place treats on a table in your driveway or yard to avoid crowds at your front door. To see trick-or-treaters, sit in a chair in your driveway, garage, yard, or porch and maintain at least 6 feet of distance from the treat table.
Place a few mini pumpkins or other decorations 6 feet apart to signal a line and keep trick-or-treaters distanced while waiting for treats.
Among their discouraged activities:
Halloween gatherings, events, or parties with non-household members that violate the gathering limitations outlined in Governor Inslee’s Safe Start Plan. Learn more about the gathering limits for each phase.
Traditional trick or treating (handing candy to kids who knock on your door) and large groups of trick-or-treaters.
Trunk-or-treat gatherings with multiple households that facilitate crowding around treats and violate the gathering limitations outlined in Governor Inslee’s Safe Start Plan.
Indoor haunted houses are not permitted. Haunted houses must be designed as a no-touch outdoor activity with a one-way path. See Governor Inslee’s Phase 2 and 3 agritourism requirements.
Indoor trick-or-treating activities, such as those organized in malls or similar venues.
For more information: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/coronavirus/HalloweenTips.pdf