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Trick-or-treat safety for Halloween in 2021



kids trick or treatingHalloween trick-or-treating is back on this year in many communities after taking a pandemic pause in 2020. Still, parents may have questions about the COVID-19 risks associated with this taking part in this activity.

Tufts Medical Center Epidemiologist and Infectious Disease Physician Shira Doron, MD has these top seven Halloween safety tips to make this a fun and low-risk holiday.


  1. Kids & adults should get vaccinated, if eligible
  2. When it comes to transmission of COVID-19, outdoor activities are safer than indoor activities. You don’t even need a mask if you are outside (unless it’s for your costume!)
  3. To make indoor activities safer, wear a good quality mask that fits and filters well
  4. Some people are more vulnerable to complications of COVID-19 than others, and might not want to hand out candy… skip the houses with the lights off while trick-or-treating
  5.  As fun as Halloween is, everyone should stay home if they are sick
  6. Never put a mask of any kind on a child younger than 2 years of age
  7. Bobbing for apples using a single tub of water for multiple people was never a good idea… but is especially unwise given the COVID-19 pandemic