NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ (Middlesex County) – It’s no secret that trick-or-treating might be a little trickier this coming Halloween due to the global pandemic.
Epidemiologist at Rutgers School of Public Health, Henry F. Raymond, says barring any spike of the virus, it is possible for children to go door-to-door; as long families take the proper precautions. “I never thought as an epidemiologist I would think about trick-or-treating as a potential hazard,” says Raymond. “If you’re trick-or-treating with a group of kids you’re already in school with, or in daycare with, and the size of the group is kept small it should be rather safe. Your group should not include additional people that you don’t usually come in contact with.”
Raymond also recommends ways to minimize contact between homeowners and trick-or-treaters. “Going door-to-door can be done safely if people put out separate goodie bags with individually wrapped candies on their porch and limit interactions with others. Also, people should wear a mask and certainly take all the social distancing precautions.”
The epidemiologist also advises homeowners with compromised immune systems, or those at high risk, to consider turning their light off on Halloween.
For families searching for alternatives to door-to-door trick-or-treating, Raymond suggests having a Halloween candy scavenger hunt. “This can still make Halloween fun for your kids, and you can stay right at home. This is also recommended for families with individuals who are at higher risk.”
Raymond goes on to say small trunk-or-treating events are less likely to spread the virus, versus indoor Halloween parties, which pose a more significant health risk.