Trick or Treat Tips from Danielle Kreais
Trick or Treat Tips from Danielle Kreais

Trick or Treat Tips from Danielle Kreais

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Ila Kreais donned her favorite mask for some safe trick-or-treating and is ready to fill her bucket with goodies!

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Halloween in 2020 can be celebrated safely during the pandemic with a few modifications.

“As kids, a mask was something we only wore when trick-or-treating, and not part of our daily routine,” noted Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Danielle Kreais. “But this different time calls for a different way of thinking.”

Kreais said her daughter Ila was trick-or-treating this year, but they opted to limit it to an event at their campgrounds.

“I know other parents are planning to reduce the number of houses they visit and stay as far away from others as possible during the festivities,” she stated. “I’ve been impressed with some of the candy slides and other clever ways people are planning to distribute treats at their homes while social distancing.”

The Ohio Department of Health recommends carrying hand sanitizer and using it often, especially after coming into contact with frequently touched surfaces and before eating candy.

“Only let your kiddos eat factory-wrapped treats,” Kreais suggested, “and avoid homemade goodies made by strangers.”

She indicated parents can wipe off candy wrappers with sanitizing wipes at home as an extra precaution, and emphasized the importance of mask-wearing for children, parents and treat-givers.

“A costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask,” she explained. “A costume mask should not be used unless it’s at least two layers of breathable fabric and covers both the mouth and nose without gaps around the face.”

A costume mask should not be worn over a protective cloth mask, according to Kreais, as it can make breathing difficult. She also reminded parents that face coverings should never be placed on children younger than two or anyone who cannot easily remove them.

A complete list of Halloween guidelines and best practices is available on the ODH website at https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/static/responsible/celebrating-halloween.pdf.

“Safety is always important at Halloween,” Kreais remarked, “and even more so this year with the worsening spread of the coronavirus in our area. But we know kids look forward to Halloween and even plan their costumes way in advance. We just want families to enjoy this special time and protect themselves as much as possible.”