The Town of Frisco and Summit Public Health urge residents and any visitors to celebrate Halloween a bit differently this year, emphasizing that during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are ways to minimize the risk of catching or spreading the virus while still having fun. This is a crucial moment to #SaveOurWinter.
Halloween Tips and Tricks
Local public health officials and the Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE) are offering tips and tricks to help parents plan for Halloween.
Limit Personal Gatherings: Smart and Required
Keep in mind that on Friday, October 23, Summit Public Health issued an amended public health order that limited personal gatherings to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 because contact tracing data has shown that this is a source of significant viral spread. Here are the regs:
- No more than 6 individuals indoors from no more than 2 households.
- No more than 10 individuals outdoors from no more than 2 households.
- No more than 10 individuals indoors and/or outdoors from no more than 2 households in a lodging unit, which includes camping sites, hotels, motels, and short term lodging accommodation rentals of 30 days or less.
Six Commitments to Containment
Follow Six Commitments to Containment and your Halloween will be more spooky and less scary-
- Keep physical distance from folks you don’t live with
- Wash your hands A LOT and avoid touching your face
- Cover your nose and mouth when in a public place
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Get tested if you have symptoms identified with COVID.
- Get a flu shot. They are available at Safeway, Walmart, your medical provider, and through Summit Public Health on October 28 at no cost. Let’s not add the flu to this mix.
Make the Safest Choice When Celebrating
Residents are encouraged to choose the safest options for celebrating, keeping in mind that outdoor gatherings are safer than indoor gatherings, and smaller groups, kept within the household or family are safer than larger groups. The potential for disease spread increases drastically when households mix. Parents are encouraged to consider small celebrations with children that their kids have already been spending time with, or kids in their school cohort for example. In addition, it is safer to gather with people who consistently wear masks, keep physical distance, and follow other prevention recommendations.
Safer Alternatives to Traditional Trick-or-Treating
While Summit Public Health is discouraging traditional forms of trick-or-treating which includes mixing many households and promotes close contact amongst individuals, there are plenty of safer alternatives that limit the potential for spreading COVID-19. Residents are encouraged to communicate with neighbors to plan alternatives for trick-or-treating this year. Creativity is encouraged. There are plenty of ways to hand out candy while keeping appropriate distance. For example:
- Line up individually wrapped treats at the end of the driveway or yard’s edge. Watch the fun, and enjoy the costumes from a distance.
- Use a plastic slide, cardboard tubes, or plastic pipes to deliver candy from a distance.
- Take kids on an outdoor, distanced treasure hunt to look for candy or Halloween-themed items.
There are plenty of other ways to celebrate Halloween that are safer than trick-or-treating, including having a Halloween movie night at home with the family, hosting a virtual haunted house or costume contest, pumpkin carving, or organizing a drive-by yard decorating contest where neighbors pick their favorite yards. Community members can consult the CDPHE website for more Halloween tips, tricks, ideas and recommendations.
Best Practices this Halloween to Keep Your Community Healthy & In Business
These safety measures should be kept in mind:
- Stay in your own neighborhood.
- Have adults accompany trick-or-treaters to help them follow precautions.
- Stay with your household members. Avoid mingling with groups from other households; stay at least 6 feet away from non-household members.
- If going door-to-door, limit the time you spend at doorways.
- Whether you’re trick-or-treating or handing out candy, keep your masks on — save the candy eating for when you return home!
- Follow regular Halloween safety tips such as decorating costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and carrying glow sticks or flashlights to help increase visibility among drivers.
Let’s make Halloween spookier but not scarier!