The Hawaii Department of Health is offering guidance to help families have “a safe and fun” Halloween, even in this time of pandemic.

“Celebrating Halloween is a special event for families, and it is possible to take steps to celebrate safely,” Director of Health Elizabeth Char said in a press release Monday. “Outdoor gatherings are safer, and consistent handwashing and mask wearing are recommended.”

Char reminds us that all keiki 12 and older are eligible to be vaccinated — “and that is really the best way to keep our children safe during Halloween and the upcoming holidays.”

Low-risk activities include hosting a scary movie watch party online, organizing a neighborhood pumpkin carving contest with people in your household, or hosting a virtual costume contest.

The DOH also recommends that Hawaii residents stay updated on county gathering guidelines and follow these recommendations:

  • “Incorporate a cloth or surgical mask into your costume that covers both your nose and your mouth. A costume mask is not a suitable substitute. Choose bright colors and flame-retardant materials. Add reflective tape to costumes or treat bags if families plan to be out after dark.”
  • “Set up low contact, pre-packaged treats for trick-or-treaters.”
  • “Outdoors is safer than indoors. Trick-or-treat in small groups outdoors or enjoy other outdoors activities. Avoid crowded indoor parties.”
  • “Stay home if you are feeling sick, even if you are experiencing mild symptoms.”
  • “Wash your hands before eating candy. Parents should examine treats before consumption.”
  • “Get vaccinated: Adults and children age 12 and older should get a COVID-19 vaccine, and everyone six months and older should get a flu shot.”

For the latest on Covid in Hawaii, click here.

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