Halloween and COVID-19: How to Celebrate Safely This Year

Halloween Treats

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we think about many aspects of our lives. That includes how we celebrate traditional occasions such as Halloween. The priority today is safety first!

Since many of the communities in our area are allowing parents to decide whether or not their children can participate in Halloween night, it is important to know how to participate safely.

Janet McNemar, NHA, MBA, Executive Director at Bryn Mawr Terrace, located in Bryn Mawr, PA, says, "If your children or grandchildren will be trick-or-treating this year, or you'd like to offer Halloween treats at your door, it is essential to know how to keep yourself and others safe. Traditional Halloween activities are fun, but some can increase the risk of getting or spreading COVID-19 or influenza. Therefore, plan for safe ways to participate in Halloween this year.”

For a safer Halloween during the COVID-19 pandemic, Rosanne K. Parker, LPN, our Bryn Mawr Terrace Infection-Control expert, offers the following safety advice.

Ways to make trick-or-treating safer this Halloween

  • Avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters..
  • Give out treats outdoors, if possible.
  • Set up a station with individually bagged treats for kids to take.
  • Wash hands before handling treats.
  • Wear a mask.

 Safety information about masks

  • Make your cloth mask part of your costume.
  • A Halloween costume mask is NOTa substitute for a cloth mask.
  • Do NOT wear a costume mask over a cloth mask. It can make breathing more difficult.
  • Masks should NOT be worn by children under the age of 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing.

 Stay at least six feet away from others who do not live with you

  • Indoors and outdoors, you are more likely to get or spread COVID-19 when you are in close contact with others for a long time.

Handwashing safety tips

  • Bring hand sanitizer with you and use it after touching objects or other people.
  • Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Parents: supervise young children using hand sanitizer.
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when you get home and before you eat any treats.

Other fun Halloween activities

In place of traditional trick-or-treating this year, enjoy other Halloween activities while taking steps to protect yourself from getting or spreading COVID-19.

  • Go on an outdoor Halloween-themed scavenger hunt.
  • Visit a pumpkin patch or orchard. Remember to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.
  • Go to aone-way, walk-through haunted forest or corn maze.
  • Hide Halloween treats in and around your house and hold a Halloween treat hunt with household members.
  • Decorate and carve pumpkins with family members.
  • Walk from house to house, admiring the Halloween decorations at a distance.
  • Hold an outdoor costume parade or contest so everyone can show off their costumes.
  • Host an indoor Halloween movie night with your household members.

 Janet adds, "Once again, remember to wear a cloth mask indoors and outdoors, stay at least six feet away from others who do not live with you, and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently. Most of all, have a safe and happy Halloween!"

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 There are times when the challenges associated with advanced age, a prolonged illness or a chronic condition make 24-hour care and support a necessity. At Bryn Mawr Terrace, we're always here for you and your family. Our compassionate, professional team treats our residents as family and respects each of them as the individuals they are, all with their own unique life story.

 We understand that each one of our residents has unique needs and desires, so we deliver personalized care and services that are tailored to each individual. The amenities and activities offered within our community are designed to keep our residents happy, fulfilled and living well. From delicious dining to a variety of social programming, we offer a lifestyle that's meant to be lived!

 Located near Bryn Mawr Hospital, Bryn Mawr Terrace – part of Main Line Senior Care Alliance – has provided exceptional care and services to seniors and their families since 1966. It's a tradition we're proud to continue.

 Today, Bryn Mawr Terrace serves as a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), offering a range of services – including  Short-Term Rehabilitation, Traditional Nursing Care, Independent Living, Personal Care, Memory Care, Restorative Care and Respite Care – all in a setting that is warm, welcoming and nurturing. 

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