Trick-or-treating SAFELY in 2021 Is the Name Of the Game

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Weston Blasi

The CDC’s tips on how to safely trick-or-treat this year include avoiding direct contact with others, staying outdoors and wearing a mask

As Halloween draws closer, many families are facing the difficult choice of whether to let their kids go out to collect candy during the pandemic.

“It’s traditional, and its one of the funnest memories of childhood,” Erin Reid, a mother of three from Syracuse, N.Y., told MarketWatch. “The younger you are the more fun that holiday is. It’s so cool, everything about it.”

Reid, 39, has two children who have outgrown trick-or-treating, but her youngest son Jaxx, 7, is at the age when kids usually like to go out to collect candy. Unfortunately, Jaxx was not allowed to go trick-or-treating last year over safety concerns surrounding the pandemic — the family opted for a small get-together instead.

“It was sad. I hate it, but that was better than him staying home,” Reid said.

Fauci says kids can go trick-or-treating this Halloween: ‘Enjoy it’

Fauci adds families can feel safer this year, especially for those vaccinated


WASHINGTON — The government’s top infectious diseases expert says families can feel safe trick-or-treating outdoors this year for Halloween as COVID-19 cases in the U.S. decline, especially for those who are vaccinated.

Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday that it’s an important time of year for children, so “go out there” and “enjoy it.”

The CDC has released a list of safety precautions for trick-or-treaters this year.

He added that people wanting to enjoy Halloween on Oct. 31 should consider getting the shots for that “extra degree of protection” if they are not yet vaccinated.

COVID-19 vaccines so far have been approved for people 12 years and older. The Food and Drug Administration plans a meeting in late October to consider Pfizer’s request for emergency use authorization of its vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.

Nationwide, there are about 95,000 new COVID-19 cases a day. Fauci called the downward trend “good news” but cautioned against declaring a premature victory since cases have bounced back in the past.

He said he’d like to see cases drop to less than 10,000 a day before dropping COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, such as shedding masks indoors in public places

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has shared tips on how to safely participate in Halloween activities like treat-or-treating. Those tips include:

  • Avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters.
  • Give out treats outdoors, if possible.
  • Set up a station with individually bagged treats for kids to take.
  • Wash hands before handling treats.
  • Wear a mask

A more comprehensive list of the CDC’s Halloween-related safety measures can be found on the CDC’s website.