Tips for a Safe and Healthy Halloween

Halloween During COVID-19
Halloween Mask

The Town of Seekonk is encouraging all residents to follow the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's guidelines to enjoy a safe and healthy Halloween while limiting the risk of exposure to COVID-19. https://www.mass.gov/news/halloween-during-covid-19

Please remember that any Halloween activities are subject to the current state gathering size limits and maintaining social distancing and wearing a face mask or face covering while in public is required.   A costume mask is not a substitute for a face covering.  To protect yourself and others, ensure you are wearing a protective face mask or covering instead of, or in addition to, a costume mask.

Some things to keep in mind in celebrating Halloween this year include:

  • Enjoy Halloween outside rather than attending indoor events.
  • Place candy on a platter instead of a bowl
  • Instead of traditional trick or treating, opt for one-way trick-or-treating, with treats placed outside of the home for trick-or-treaters as a “grab and go” while keeping distance from others.
  • Consider leaving hand sanitizer by any treats left out for trick-or-treaters to use.
  • Observe good hand hygiene, including hand washing and use of alcohol-based sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol.  Carry hand sanitizer and use it often, especially after coming into contact with frequently touched surfaces and before eating candy.
  • Celebrate with members of your household with a Halloween-themed meal, Halloween movie night, or by preparing a Halloween scavenger hunt.

Avoid:

  • Attending crowded costume parties held indoors, or any gatherings that exceed indoor or outdoor gathering limits;
  • Going to an indoor haunted house where people may be crowded together and screaming; and
  • Going on hayrides or tractor rides with people who are not in your household.

Stay home and refrain from Halloween activities, including handing out Halloween treats, if:

  • you feel unwell;
  • you have tested positive for COVID-19;
  • you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19; or
  • you have traveled to or from a state that is not classified as lower risk within the last 14 days.  For more information on lower risk states, please see the state’s COVID-19