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October 25, 2021

How to Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!

It’s that time of year again when ghouls young and old come together to enjoy tricks, treats and jokes! Last year, COVID-19 made Halloween festivities a challenge for all of us. Now, with safe and effective vaccines available for free throughout St. Louis County, we can get back to doing the things we love this fall.

The following are some tips for staying safe this Halloween, so you can make sure it’s one for the record BOO-ks!

Have fun no matter where you are with these indoor safety tips:

  • Wear your mask! Incorporate a face mask that covers your nose and mouth into your costume. Costume masks aren’t designed to protect you from COVID-19, so make sure you wear a COVID-19 safe mask whenever you are inside with other people or in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Prioritize small, outdoor gatherings. Enjoy the fall air! If your gathering must be indoors, ensure proper ventilation by opening windows and doors, and limit the number of attendees outside of your household.
  • Avoid crowded places. Being in crowds, especially indoors, puts you at a higher risk of catching dangerous COVID-19 variants. This includes haunted houses, where large groups of people are clustered together.
  • Let your plans change. If you come in contact with someone who has COVID-19, make new plans to safely enjoy Halloween! There are still many ways to get in the spooky spirit at home, like watching a scary movie, pumpkin carving, or baking festive fall treats!

For those of us who have candy front of mind, don’t forget these trick-or-treat tips:

  • Keep a social distance from other trick-or-treaters. Keep at least 6 feet from other groups on the sidewalk, or approaching a house! Don’t gather with other groups on porches and at front doors.
  • Keep your hands clean. Carry hand sanitizer so that everyone can keep their hands clean on the go! Remind others not to eat candy or touch their face with unclean hands.
  • Be safe when indoors. Wear masks at all times when you are indoors with people from other households.

Whether attending a party, trick-or-treating, or watching scary movies, the best choice you can make this Halloween is to get vaccinated.

Vaccines are free and proven to be effective at keeping you safe from the dangers of the COVID-19 and variants. Check out our vaccine scheduling page to learn more, and get your shot today!