October 24, 2020
Five Ways Your Family Can Have a Healthy, Hair-raising Halloween
Sophia L. Thomas, DNP, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP
As we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and flu season, it’s important to recognize that traditional Halloween activities like trick-or-treating can unfortunately increase the risk of spreading these viruses. Check out the following alternatives for a safe and spooky Halloween:
- Carve and decorate pumpkins with your loved ones, either in your home or outside to observe proper social distancing measures. Make sure to display them afterward for all to see!
- Decorate your home for the holiday.
- Host a virtual Halloween costume contest with your friends and family.
- Settle down for a night of scary Halloween movies. Gather around the TV inside or create an outdoor theater in your backyard.
- Trick-or-treat inside by hiding candy around your house. This is a great alternative to going house-to-house on Halloween.
There are many ways for your family to enjoy Halloween while staying safe and healthy. If you are concerned that you or a loved one may be sick, do not participate in any Halloween activity where others may be exposed. Reach out to your health care provider, such as a nurse practitioner (NP), to help diagnose and treat your illness.