Do "mask checks." Stop in a safe place and make sure young children's masks are covering their mouths and noses.
Use sidewalks and crosswalks.Don't cross the street between cars and be as visible as possible as drivers may bedistracted.
Consider setting up a grab-and-go "candy corner" for visitors, inclusive of hand sanitizer and treats.
Wash your hands when you get home.
Sanitize candy wrappers before eating or let it sit for 24 hours.
Follow the "when in doubt, throw it out" rule. Throw awayany candy that is open, ripped or has torn packaging, an unusual appearanceor pinholes. Discard any homemade items made by people you don't know.
Watch for choking hazards. If you have a young child, make sure candy he or shecollected isn't a choking hazard. If it is, discard it.
Keep candy away from pets, especially chocolate and sugar-free gum, which can be poisonous for your furry friends.
Handing Out Treats from Home
If you're staying home to hand out treats to the superheroes, ghosts, princesses and other little guests that arrive on your doorstep, consider these ideas to encourage safety and fun:
Minimize the number of hands reaching into a bowl. Find fun, hands-free ways to give candy to trick-or-treaters. You can place candy on your lawn or driveway, so trick-or-treaters don't have to crowd around your front door, touch handrails or knock.
Move out of the way any items that children could trip over and keep pets inside.
Stand outside when handling treats, wear a mask and use hand sanitizer often. Consider keeping a large bottle of sanitizer near you for visitors to use as well.
Allow one small group at a time at your door.
Give out one set of treats at a time to minimize hands reaching into a common bowl. For example, fun-size packs of treats like M&M's and SNICKERS offer plenty of options and are easy for trick-or-treaters to grab and go.