The official night for trick-or-treating in Ames is Saturday, Oct. 31. The recommended hours are from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Due to the pandemic and focus on reducing the transmission of the coronavirus, there are several recommended safety precautions for those who choose to participate this year:
Trick-or-Treating COVID-19 Safety:
-Keep your family together and don’t mix/mingle with other families or groups.
-Maintain a six-foot distance when waiting to approach a house.
-Face coverings should be worn when approaching homes for treats. Those handing out treats should wear a face covering when getting within six feet of trick-or-treating guests.
-Don’t use a common bowl to dispense treats. Consider individually packaging treats in plastic or paper bags for kids to grab and go.
-Participants should wash their hands often, use hand sanitizer, and be reminded not to touch their face.
-Homes that are participating in trick-or-treating should turn on outdoor lights, and kids should only go to homes where the lights are on.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has tips and recommendations for fall holidays, and it designates low-, moderate-, and higher-risk activities connected with each event. Door-to-door traditional trick-or-treating is considered in the higher-risk category, so taking steps to mitigate some of the risks is advised.
More information is at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html#halloween
General Halloween Tips for Kids:
-Teach children never to enter a stranger’s home or car.
-Instruct children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas.
-Tell children not to eat any treats until they return home.
-Children and adults are reminded to put electronic devices down, keep their heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
-All costumes, wigs, and accessories should be fire-resistant.
-Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags or use glow sticks for trick-or-treating after dark.
-Watch for children walking on roadways, medians, and curbs.
-Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
-At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.
-Discourage new, inexperienced drivers from driving on Halloween.
The City of Ames continues to partner with Iowa State University on promoting the public health educational campaign, “Cyclones Care,” which focuses on four pillars of healthy behavior. Cyclones Care encourages all residents to wear a face covering, physically distance from others, wash hands frequently, and stay home if you’re ill.
Susan Gwiasda, Public Relations Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org, 515.239.5204
Submitted by City of Ames