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:
- 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.