Halloween is this Saturday October 31st and is one of the nation’s MOST DANGEROUS nights to drive a car. Somerset County Sheriff Darrin J. Russo wishes to share some safety tips and suggestions for a secure day. With so many children eager to wear their costumes, give a few boos and knock on doors for trick or treats, it’s important to plan early and identify alternatives to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 virus. 

Our normal Halloween approach has taken a different method in which we must be cautious with hand to hand contact with non-household members plus the added restrictions of hanging out in large public’s groups. To keep the fun spirit of Halloween for the children, the following ideas can go a long way.

Ideas & Tips for a Healthy Halloween: 

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  • Scavenger hunt with known local neighbors and/or family members.
  • Cleverly hide candy at your residence.
  • Binge on Halloween movies

If you plan to walk the neighborhood for trick-or-treating:

  • Carry a flashlight and always keep a safe distance from moving cars. 
  • Cross at street corners, NOT diagonally across an intersection and NEVER between parked cars! 
  • Stick with members of your household and if non-household members gather with you keep at least 6 feet of distance.
  • Wear a protective mask with your costume and protective gloves
  • Use hand sanitizer between house visits
  • Don’t accept rides from cars with strangers. 
  • Don’t eat any treats until your parents have inspected them. 

Giving treats from your residence:

  • To reduce chances of exposure to COVID-19 at your front door, place table with candy on your driveway or yard.
  • Spread out wrapped candy over a sanitized table and clean table often. Don’t use bowls.
  • Use Duct-Tape or chalk on floor to mark six-feet space to table with candy.

Any way you choose to have Halloween, if you are sick, have symptoms of COVID-19, or have been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, stay home and away from others.

We wish everyone a safe and Happy Halloween! 

Please follow your towns CDC guidelines and ordinances. If you have any further questions on trick-or-treating, contact your local police department. In case of emergency, dial 911.