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Posted on: September 29, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Halloween Safety During the Coronavirus

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Ohio Department of Health Halloween Best Practices

Halloween, like the rest of this year, will look a little different than in the past. However, the official Loveland Halloween hours remain 6:00 p.m until 8:00 p.m on October 31st. 

To keep all the ghouls and ghosts safe the Ohio Department of Health released some recommended best practices. We included some of the highlights below. Happy scaring!

  • The Ohio Department of Health recommended best practices include: 

    • Holding a drive-through or drive-in trick-or-treat event, with children in costume and face coverings staying in cars and collecting treats from individuals spaced at least 6 feet apart.

    • Holding drive-by costume or car-decorating contests with judges who are physically distanced.

    • Leaving treats in the mailboxes of friends and neighbors.

    • Decorating your home and hide treats as an alternative to trick-or-treating.

    • Holding costume parties or pumpkin carving events or contests online, such as by video conference.

    • If taking your children trick-or-treating, limit the number of houses you visit and ask your children to stay as far from

      treat-givers as possible. For small children, consider holding the bag for them.

    • Wipe off candy wrappers with sanitizing wipes when you arrive home. (NOTE: Never wipe unpackaged food with wipes.)

    • Allow children to eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid homemade treats made by strangers.

    • Allow If your child is at greater risk of complications from COVID-19, contact your doctor before allowing participation in

      Halloween activities.

    • For trick-or-treating, reach out to neighbors to discuss ways to ensure 6-foot social distancing, how candy can most

      safely be distributed, and the need for face coverings

    • Refrain from having children select their own treats from a bowl/common container or set up a hand-sanitizing station.

    • Consider placing treats on porch steps or a table in the driveway with a sign asking children to take only one. Or use
      other creative ways to distribute treats, such as using a candy “slide” made of PVC pipe, or hanging treats from a wall
      or fence.

Photo Credit: Meriton Suites

Additional Info... Ohio Department of Health Guide
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