Traditional Halloween activities are fun, but some can increase the risk of getting or spreading COVID-19 or influenza. The U-of-M’s Dr. Beth Thielen encourages families to find alternate ways to participate in Halloween.

“Think of creative ways to maintain that social connection but maybe in a safer way that in a little bit more of a social distance and not doing those activities that you think are the highest risk.”

Thielen also encourages you to 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.