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Trick-or-Treat Night Safety Guide

Trick-Or-Treat Night Safety Guide

All the safe tricks to get the most treats this Halloween in light of COVID-19.

Whether you’re a homeowner, parent or child, this year’s trick-or-treat night will be different due to COVID-19. Chocolate Storybook is proud to support The Halloween and Costume Association Halloween safety guidelines to help plan your celebration. The association encourages those participating in trick-or-treat night to celebrate the season in safe, fun and unexpected ways. 


Their website includes an easy to navigate map created by the Harvard Global Health Institute to establish risk level in your community. Counties are categorized in four colored zones based on their severity of the outbreak and includes safe trick-or-treating practices or alternatives customized for their location.


The association also encourages homeowners to sign the Safe House Pledge and register as an official Halloween Safe House. By signing the pledge, homeowners promise to uphold the Official Halloween 2020 Safe House Guidelines to keep both your family and others safe. Printable PDF’s are available for homeowners to place outside their home to signal to trick-or-treaters and parents that they are a safe house.


Halloween and Costume Association social distancing guidelines best practices:


Trick or Treaters

  • Stay home if sick
  • Trick or treat with people you live with
  • Remain 6 feet apart from people not in your household
  • Wear a face mask covering both your mouth and nose
  • Hand sanitize (with sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol) frequently while out, especially during key times like before eating or after coughing/sneezing


Homeowners and Residents

  • Do not hand out candy if you are sick
  • Wear a face mask covering BOTH your mouth and nose
  • Take the Safe House pledge and register as an official Halloween Safe House
  • Use duct tape to mark 6-foot lines in front of home and leading to driveway/front door-step
  • Participate in one-way trick or treating
  • Position a distribution table between yourself and trick or treaters
  • Distribute candy on disinfected surface to eliminate direct contact
  • If you are preparing goodie bags, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after preparing bags
  • Individually wrapped candy or goodie bags should be lined up for families to grab and go while continuing to social distance
  • Wash hands often


Parents and Guardians 

  • Stay home if sick
  • Talk with your children about safety and social distancing guidelines and expectations
  • Guide children to stay on the right side of the road always to ensure distance
  • Carry a flashlight at night and ensure your children have reflective clothing
  • Wear a face mask covering BOTH your mouth and nose
  • Wash your hands as soon as you return home
  • Inspect candy

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