Mask up, wash your hands, and avoid large gatherings
Children younger than 12 are not yet eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, so many trick or treaters going door to door are still at an increased risk for contracting the virus.
“That’s why we’re encouraging all our scholars to wear masks, as well as wash and sanitize their hands frequently,” Jasmine says, adding that Halloween costume masks are not a substitute for a standard face covering.
To make sure we have a safe Halloween, scholars who show any signs of illness should stay home to avoid exposing others to germs. All scholars age 12 and older should strongly consider becoming vaccinated against COVID-19.
Keep the scares to a minimum
Some kids love seeing scary costumes and visiting a haunted house! But for others, the ghosts and ghouls may be too scary — especially given the 2-year gap in Halloween celebrations and the emotional stress of the pandemic.
“COVID-19 brought on fears, sadness, and potential losses within the family or community,” Jessica says. “This can impact sleep, appetite, and of course your emotions.”
While they might be fine for some folks, Jessica cautions against engaging in fear-inducing activities this year, or keeping them to a minimum.
“While we might generally feel OK,” she says, “grief and loss symptoms can show up unexpectedly. It’s important to be aware of that.”