Trick or treating during the COVID-19 epidemic has raised questions from both parents and homeowners on how to celebrate the holiday safely.  The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has put out some guidelines that should help keep everyone safe.

Tips for all groups include staying home if you are sick; maintaining social distancing of at least six feet; wearing a cloth mask that covers both the mouth and nose; and washing hands often or frequently using hand sanitizer containing at least 60 percent alcohol.

For trick-or-treaters and their parents, social distancing is a must for a safe Halloween and everyone should remember to wear their masks.  I love Halloween and handing out candy to the kids in their costumes, but in the time of COVID things are going to be so very different.

Most communities are celebrating Halloween this year, and trick- or treating hours are the usual 6pm to 8pm.  However some changes are being suggested.  If you don't want your children to go door to door, you could have a 'safe' Halloween party at your home,  or maybe a neighborhood decorating contest.-

The MDHHS is urging parents to talk with their kids and make sure they understand that social distancing is a must, and they should not be grouping up around houses.  They have even suggested one way trick- or- treating , with kids keeping to the right when they go up to a house and when they leave.

Suggestions for homeowners to keep it safe for Halloween, the MDHHS suggests making a line that is 6 feet from your door or from where ever you will be handing out candy and put a table out so the kid-o's can grab their candy safely.  If you don't feel comfortable with the COVID-19 Halloween, they just turn off your porch light and don't participate.

The most important thing is to have a safe and happy Halloween.

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