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As the year 2020 draws to a close, we are still struggling to make sense of this pandemic.
Wether you live in Horry County, Georgetown County, South Carolina or somewhere else in the USA, we just know your life has been affected!
Kids are learning virtually, seniors are homebound due to the danger of being exposed to COVID-19, millions are still out of work and others are working from home, and we are seeing yet another spike of new cases.
Personal safety is important to us. We want our customers and friends to be safe as well.
It’s safe to say things will be different.
Each family will need to decide for themselves how to navigate the unknown of a pandemic holiday season.
We are glad however to have discovered some great resources for those who need ideas and suggestions.
As many people in the United States begin to plan for fall and winter holiday celebrations, CDC offers the following considerations to help protect individuals and their families, friends, and communities from COVID-19. These considerations are meant to supplement—not replace—any state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations with which holiday gatherings must comply. When planning to host a holiday celebration, you should assess current COVID-19 levels in your community to determine whether to postpone, cancel, or limit the number of attendees.
For parents who are concerned about potential COVID-19 exposure a ‘traditional Trick or Treat‘ activity might pose, here are some lower risk Halloween activity ideas.
While it’s tempting, the CDC urges all of us to do our part and avoid large gatherings and close contact with people outside our safe zone.
Here are their recommendations of activities to avoid:
While we all want to be able to be with family during the holidays, it might be wise to adjust your plans now to only get together with family members who are local to you. Avoid unnecessary travel, including airplanes.
Instead, use technology to connect virtually and make alternative plans.
Be safe. Stay healthy.
Of course you will be taking your kids out on October 31 to go trick or treating! If you have young children, you’ve already discussed costumes and props, parties and treats, trick or treating and more, are we right?
Halloween is an exciting day!
Since Halloween falls on a Monday this year, we’ve already seen many local Myrtle Beach businesses advertise ‘trunk or treat’ events the weekend prior to Halloween.
For example, The Fun Warehouse is a great and SAFE PLACE to take your little ones before Halloween to get free candy! Which child doesn’t love to go trick or treating TWICE?
As fun (and safe) a Trunk or Treat Event is, taking your child out to go Trick or Treating in your neighborhood is of course the ultimate goal. Before you head out this year, take a few minutes to go over the following Halloween Safety Tips to keep your littles safe AND happy!
Here are …
(Feel free to share these Halloween Safety Tips with your friends! Let’s keep all kids safe this Halloween.)
1. Wear Short Costumes
When costumes are too long, kids will trip over them. Older children will try to hold up their long costumes which will take away from their fun. We suggest hemming a costume that’s too long, using needle and thread, or even duct tape!
2. Wear Reflective Costumes
It’s amazing home many parents take their kids out trick or treating – in cars! Make sure your child is seen by those who drive around your neighborhood in the dark. Add reflective tape or buy (cheap) reflective arm bands and necklaces in the dollar store.
3. Avoid Masks
As exciting and fun it is to wear a mask at home, they become sweaty and cumbersome really fast when trick or treating. They also impact your child’s vision and thus are a hazard to be avoided during trick or treating. Save the mask for an indoor party!
4. Wear Comfy Shoes
Your child should be wearing their own, daily shoes if at all possible. Save the shiny and fun costume boots or high heels for the indoor party and let them walk around in comfy shoes while trick or treating.
5. Test The Halloween Make-Up!
This tip is both for the parents – so parent can test their application skills as well as for the child to make sure they can handle the make-up and aren’t allergic to it! Do a ‘dry-run’ the week before the big day – it might save you and your child from a Halloween melt down!
6. Your Child Should Only have Soft & Flexible Props
Kids will be kids and they will handle a sword, a wand, a toy gun as if they are real! Make sure these props are appropriate, soft and flexible so they do not hurt your child, or another child while walking around.
7. Bring A Flashlight
Candy might drop, you might have to re-tie a shoe, you are walking through yards and up sidewalks; you need a flashlight to see as well as be seen.
8. Plan Your Route
Especially if you have little ones, plan your route carefully. The excitement of the night might have prevented a nap earlier in the day and will most likely affect your ability to stay out hours and hours.
9. Have a Backup Plan
If your child is under the age of 5, we suggest bringing a stroller or wagon as a back-up mode of transportation home. Many little feet get weary an tired after walking around at night and if you have more than one chid, carrying them home will be an issue.
10. Bring a Snack & Water
You’ve already told your child not to eat the candy. So make sure you bring a snack for them and a bottle of water – they will get thirsty from all the walking.
11. Check The Candy
Always, always check your child’s candy before allowing them to eat any.
We’d love for you to share these awesome Halloween Safety Tips with as many parents as possible. From experience we know that on Halloween kids are excited and can become stressed and parents might be stressed and loose patience.
Therefore, preparing and planning the best you can will eliminate many worries and potential disasters on Halloween night!
If can help you keep you and your loved ones safe, please give us a call – anytime.