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posted by: LIT First Aid on: October 20, 2021

Image via David Menidrey


It’s that time of year once again! Halloween is just around the corner, and given that the spooky holiday was more or less a write-off last year, many young ones are eager to trick-or-treat once again. Luckily, with the pandemic under control and vaccinations on the rise, it is possible to safely celebrate Halloween in 2021. Below are a few tips to ensure a safe and fun holiday for all. 


Wear A Mask With Your Costume

Just as many children are now used to wearing a mask in school or when they go to the grocery store, wearing a mask is a must when trick-or-treating this Halloween. No matter your costume, whether it already includes a mask or headpiece, make sure there’s room for a medical or cloth mask to be worn. This goes for parents and those handing out candy as well. Masks are still essential to keeping the community safe and preventing the spread of COVID-19.


Sanitize Your Hands Between Houses

Bring a bottle of hand sanitizer with you and be sure to sanitize your hands throughout the night (possibly even between houses). Although many homeowners will likely drop the candy directly into your bag, or perhaps avoid any sort of contact by leaving the candy in a bowl outside, it’s still a good idea to wash your hands (and avoid touching your face) given the number of people you will come into contact with. 


Consider Quarantining the Candy 

Some parents may want to consider quarantining their child’s candy at the end of the night to ensure it’s safe to handle. Another option is disinfecting the candy with sanitizer when you get home. 


Avoid Ringing the Doorbell 

If possible, avoid touching high-contact surfaces such as doorbells. Instead of ringing the doorbell or knocking on the door, try simply yelling “trick-or-treat” and wait until the homeowner opens the door. 


To ensure your Halloween goes off without a hitch, we suggest following the safety tips above. We also recommend signing up for the L.I.T. First Aid and Lifeguard Training courses to learn important first aid skills and CPR that could save your life on Halloween and any other night of the year.

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