As the Food and Drug Administration is still considering Pfizer’s request to authorize their COVID-19 vaccine for use by children aged 5 to 11, one might assume that the nation might face yet another canceled year of Halloween trick or treating for the kids. But not so fast, leading infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci stated his approval for this year’s outdoor festivities, surmising, “it is an important time of year for children!”

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Many leading groups, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, offered their tips to stay safe while out and about this year, presuming that activities would move forward as planned.

Be Smart and Stay Safe

Now here are tips to stay safe this Halloween during the pandemic and beyond:

  • Stick to outside activities
  • Stick to smaller groups, particularly when amongst unvaccinated individuals
  • Wear a well-fitting face mask over your nose and mouth, especially if you are not fully vaccinated; try incorporating it into your children’s costume if possible
  • Do not go out if you or your child is sick or symptomatic
  • Carry glow sticks or flashlights to help kids see and be seen by drivers
  • Adults should join kids under the age of 12 for trick-or-treating
  • Always remind kids to cross the street at corners or crosswalks
  • When selecting a costume, make sure it is the correct size to prevent trips and falls
  • Choose face paint over masks when possible; masks can limit children’s vision

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These holiday traditions are what keep us going through challenging times, such as the pandemic, so enjoying them safely is essential! Of course, the number one way to decrease COVID-19 risk to everyone is to get yourself or your loved ones vaccinated or get a booster shot when it is available. By joining together, maybe we can have a pandemic-free holiday season in the not-so-distant future.

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