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What to Know Before Trick or Treating This Year

The Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children Child Life and Infection Prevention Team shares their best tips for staying safe.

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There will definitely be no bobbing for apples this Halloween! So, what is safe for little ghouls and goblins out to have spooky fun in a pandemic year? We checked with the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children Child Life and Infection Prevention Team and here’s what they had to say.

Trick or Treating: Unfortunately, trick or treating this year is not risk-free. Reaching into a container of candy, close contact in the doorway of someone’s home, or removing a face covering in a crowded space to eat a treat all pose a possible risk of exposing children or adults to COVID-19.

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If you choose to trick or treat this year and there are no specific restrictions issued by local public health officials, the Team encourages you to follow these tips to reduce the risk of spreading or contracting COVID-19:

No matter what your plans, if you or your child have COVID-19, have been knowingly exposed to someone with COVID-19, or if you have symptoms, stay home and turn off the porch light (the traditional signal that you won’t be coming to the door this year).

Editor’s Note: Watch local public health guidance for up-to-date suggestions for your community and Halloween celebrations.

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