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Tips for a safe Halloween from RiverStone Health

Posted at 9:13 PM, Oct 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-08 23:13:17-04

BILLINGS — Halloween is going to look a little different this year due to the pandemic, but that doesn't mean it can’t still be fun.

In a press release Thursday afternoon, RiverStone Health outlined a few safety tips for people to follow.

Safe practices include:

· Celebrating at home with members of your household and no other guests.

· Decorating pumpkins with members of your household.

· Using video chats to show off costumes to relatives and friends;

· Hiding treats in your home for your children to find.

· Hosting an online party.

· Decorating your home or yard for Halloween.

· Preparing a Halloween-themed meal or baking Halloween treats.

Less safe practices include:

· Door-to-door trick-or-treating. If you decide to trick or treat, at least lower the risk by ensuring that you and your children wash hands afterward and before eating any treats.

· If you decide to provide treats, leave the goodies on your lighted porch or on a table outside. Don’t personally hand candy to trick-or-treaters. Don’t allow children to grab treats from a bowl.

Unsafe activates include:

· Handing out treats or going out while you are sick.

· Attending large gatherings during the pandemic and Halloween is no exception.

· Attending indoor events with people who don’t live in your house.

· Going to haunted houses or going on hayrides. Both these activities are unsafe because they bring people close together and may involve screaming or loud talking, which increases risk of spreading the virus if any of the speakers or screamers are infected

Several events locally, including the Purgatory Halloween Party at Metra Park have already been canceled over such concerns.