Celebrating Halloween in 2020 During COVID-19
Weeks before October 31, stores pile up on Halloween supplies. Pumpkins, candy apples, and candy corn fill every corner of shopping malls, lightening up the imagination and craving of youngsters all over North America.
This year, even with COVID-19 numbers still on the rise in the United States, it's no different. As October 31 approaches, kids and parents get caught in the shopping frenzy and the Halloween costumes.
In this article, you will find tips and recommendations on how you and your children can celebrate Halloween safely.
According to the Oxford dictionary, the name Halloween derives from All-Hallows-Even, a Scottish version of “the night before All Hallows Day”, observed on November 1. The celebration of Halloween is commonly associated with a Celtic festival first heard of in the 16th century.
Gothic and somber writing is considered the main inspiration for the “Halloween look.” Dark clothes, horror masks, and items linked to the occult are certain to abound at Halloween parties. Themes of death, evil, and ghosts also abound. Small children may find Halloween costumes disturbing and thus must be guided by their parents around this date.
Main Activities on Halloween
Besides costume parties for the adult, children beg for candy around neighborhoods during Halloween. Usually disguised, they ask for treats by asking “Trick or treat”, meaning “I will misbehave in your property unless you give me treats.” Most adults stock up on candy to give out on Halloween as children knock on their doors.
This year, we will be playing it safe and instead of answering the door for trick-or-treaters, we will place a candy basket on our front porch for children to take a few pieces. We still want to participate in the fun of Halloween but we also want to follow Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for Halloween and social distance.
Halloween 2020 Safety Tips
Times are a little different this year with millions of COVID-19 cases currently in the United States. You and your children could be at a higher risk of exposure to COVID-19 if proper safety precautions are not followed. Here is a list of highlights that the CDC is recommending that you can put in place for safe and healthy Halloween celebrations this year:
- Make sure you and your children wash your hands frequently.
- Wear a mask at all times when around people who don’t live in your household to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
- Avoid singing, chanting, or shouting, especially when not wearing a mask and within 6 feet of others. Do not use costume masks in place of cloth masks.
- Do not use a costume mask (such as for Halloween) as a substitute for a cloth mask unless it is made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers your mouth and nose and doesn’t leave gaps around your face.
- Do not wear a costume mask over a cloth mask because it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe. Instead, consider using a Halloween-themed cloth mask. Minimize gestures that promote close contact. For example, do not shake hands, elbow bump, or give hugs. Instead wave and verbally greet others.
You can find the entire list of Center for Disease Control recommendations for celebrating the holiday safely HERE.
Is the Holiday a Pagan Celebration?
Halloween is not a wide-world celebration. In North America and Great Britain Halloween is widely celebrated, however, in many other countries the date is completely ignored, although every year the occasion seems to be gaining popularity in other countries.
Many Hispanic countries are split in their acceptance of Halloween. Due to their mainly Catholic heritage, and the opinion that Halloween is a pagan festival to worship death and the occult, Hispanics, especially in rural areas, largely fear or reject the celebration. Some schools, like Lincoln International Academy in Managua, Nicaragua, discourage its students to celebrate Halloween and prohibit any type of costume or fashion related to the celebration.
If you don't find Halloween imagery incompatible with your religion or faith, make sure your children visit only known houses or neighborhoods.
Higher risk activities include large gatherings with people interacting without proper cloth face masks on. Please make sure to wear a face mask and ensure that your child keeps there mask on at all times when interacting with others.
For fewer distractions and best safety practices, adults and children with phones should carry them either in their pocket or in a bag so full attention is on where you are walking.
Please make sure you and your kids can be seen in the dark by wearing neon glowstick necklaces, wristlets, and/or armbands.
Again, make sure to wash your hands frequently! Carrying a small bottle of hand sanitizer to use after touching surfaces and if you happen to come in contact with someone's hands would be helpful to quickly kill germs.
How Will You Celebrate?
Will you and/or your children be celebrating Halloween this year? Are you giving candy to trick-or-treaters? Will your kids be doing traditional trick-or-treating? Or, will you be doing something different to be cautious and to social distance? Please let us know in the comments below.
Looking for more at-home ideas to have a fun and safe Halloween this year? Check out this article on Porch.Com HERE.
Whatever you decide to do, we hope you celebrate the holiday safely!
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