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    Halloween Can be safe, healthy AND enjoyable (boy wearing sheet appearing as ghost with drawn on eyes and attached COVID-19 protective mask


    Everyone likes to enjoy the specialness of each holiday, and Halloween is no exception

    Tarrant County Public Health understands this, and believes everyone can enjoy the fun while still staying healthy and safe.

    As COVID-19 still poses a threat to all, some caution is advised. Halloween tends to bring out the creativity of many. So by all means, go for the fun, YET equip your Halloween costume with a protective, decorative mask while you maintain social distancing whenever possible and practice good hygiene.


    Girl with witch costume, protective mask
    Asian woman wearing decorative protective masks
    3 children trick-or-treating wearing costumes, protective masks
    Girl with painted face, protective mask
    Don't let COVID-19 spoil your Halloween! Woman wearing bandana over mouth and nose, holding jack o lantern wearing protective mask
    Day of the Dead couple with painted faces wearing costumes, protective masks
    Asian woman wearing cat ears, black cape, protective mask
    Young man in hoodie wearing goofy protective mask
    boy wearing scary makeup, skeleton costumer, wearing protective mask, holding decorated orange balloon

    Tarrant County Public Health offers these tips for a safe, healthy COVID-19 Halloween:

    Halloween - Safe, Less Safe, Unsafe Tips*

    Halloween Guidance for Kids*

    Halloween Guidance for COVID-19

    Oh, and don't forget the usual Halloween safety precautions.

    *Accessibility Notice: These documents contain scanned images. If you require assistance accessing the information, please contact 817-321-5313.

    graphic cartoon of people trick-or-treating, maintaining 6 feet between each other

    Halloween Activities

    The main thing to remember is to take steps that protect you and your loved ones from spreading COVID-19.

    Wearing a mask is ok while trick-or-treating!

    • Make your cloth mask part of your costume.
    • A costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask.
    • Do NOT wear a costume mask over a cloth mask. It can make breathing more difficult.
    • Masks should NOT be worn by children under the age of 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing

    If you're giving the treats:

    • 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 if you plan to interact with trick-or-treaters.



    What else can you do if you don't trick-or-treat:

    • Go on an outdoor Halloween-themed scavenger hunt.
    • Visit a pumpkin patch or orchard. Remember to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently, especially after touching frequently touched surfaces, pumpkins, or apples.
    • Go to a one-way, walk-through haunted forest or corn maze.
    • Decorate your home for Halloween.
    • Carve pumpkins with members of your household or outside with neighbors or friends.
    • Walk from house to house, admiring Halloween decorations at a distance.




    Good hygiene works for everyone

    • Bring hand sanitizer with you and use it after touching objects or other people.
    • Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
    • Parents: supervise young children using hand sanitizer.
    • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when you get home and before you eat any treats.

    More details can be found on the CDC's Trick or Treating and Other Activities webpage.

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    graphic cartoon- family wearing protective masks visiting pumpkin patch
    boy in wizard costume washing his hands
    girl and boy trick-or-treaters maintaining 6 foot social distance


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