Halloween Safety Tips

Planning to celebrate Halloween with your family this year? Before you grab a candy bag, be sure to check out this helpful guidance from the DC Department of Health. 

Low Risk Activities

  • Decorate your house and yard in a Halloween theme. Have neighborhood drive-through events where families can stay in their cars and view.
  • Carve pumpkins with your household and display the pumpkins outdoors.
  • Decorate your apartment or living space for Halloween.
  • Have a “Trick-or-Treat Candy Hunt” with members of your own household.
  • Have an online costume party, costume contest or pumpkin carving via video chat.
  • Post your best Family Costume on social media using and compete with your friends for the most likes.

Medium Risk Activities

  • Participate in one-way trick or treating where individually packaged treat bags are lined up at edge of a yard or for children to grab- and- go one at a time.
  • Hold a small group outdoor costume parade and/or contest with social distancing and face
  • Create an open-air, one-way walk-through outdoor Haunted Forest with social distancing. Greater social distancing is necessary if screaming is anticipated.
  • Visit pumpkin patches or orchards with social distancing.
  • Hold an outdoor small group Halloween movie night with social distancing.
  • Participate in or create other events that are held outdoors and allow attendees to stay in their cars or socially distanced.

High Risk Activities

  • Traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating.
  • Trunk-or-treating” where children take candy from trunks of cars in large parking lots.
  • Taking candy from communal candy bowls.
  • Going on hayrides with people not from your household.
  • Going to indoor Haunted Houses.
  • Bobbing for apples.

For a detailed list of guidance and recommendations, be sure to check out this helpful guidance from the DC Department of Health.

Posted on October 26, 2020 in Community