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Posted on: October 14, 2020

Stay Safe This Halloween


The City of Fredericksburg and Mary Washington Healthcare Want You to Stay Safe This Halloween!


Download and share our flier (PDF)

Instead of taking the children out for trick or treating, consider having a family boo-vie night!

If you opt to take the little ones out for tricks-and-treats, here are some tips to keep everyone safe.

  1. Mask up – not just the costume mask; every person should be wearing a covering over their mouth and nose
  2. Avoid going door-to-door in large clusters; best to stay in your household group
  3. Carry hand sanitizer and use after visiting each house
  4. Go to only familiar homes, staying in one’s neighborhood
  5. After ringing bell or knocking on the door of a home, step back allowing safe distancing between the trick-or-treater and those giving out candy
  6. Make sure the children’s costumes are comfortable
  7. Get the flu shot

For neighbors who choose to give treats to the little ghouls and goblins, we have safety tips for you, too.

  1. Mask up – Not just the costume mask; every person should be wearing a covering over their mouth and nose
  2. Control candy – Instead of letting children help themselves, one person should be designated to dole out the treats at each home
  3. When possible (weather and space permitting), set up a table outside to maximize space between you and the trick-or-treaters
  4. Have hand sanitizer handy for yourself and for your parade of costumed visitors
  5. Give wrapped candy or small age appropriate toys, stickers, etc.
  6. If you opt NOT to hand out candy this Halloween, residents should turn off porch lights, signaling to the trick-or-treaters not to stop
  7. Get the flu shot

If you or anyone in your home have COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, please do not trick or treat or hand out candy at your home.

For more information on COVID-19 precautions, visit CDC website.

For free, drive-through testing dates and times near you, visit VDH website.

Halloween Safety Flier (PDF)
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