Florida, Halloween is coming and with it is the much-anticipated fun and merry-making. But this year, things will take a somewhat different direction. COVID 19 is proving to be a real party-spoiler. You and your family are not going to have all your traditional fun activities in a care-free environment.
However, this does not mean there can’t be any Halloween this year for you and your family in Florida. On the contrary, you and your household can still have fun and have a Halloween like no other. But you need to follow some tips that will help you and your family stay safe and COVID-free throughout the festivities. Consider the following:
Follow COVID 19 Prevention and Control Protocols
It’s now almost common knowledge that the new normal is here. You are no longer going to do things the old way, especially anything that involves social activities. Yet that is what almost all Halloween activities are.
But with the coronavirus around, social distancing in public places is now a highly recommended practice. Don't forget the face mask has now become part of your daily attire.
To help you have a fantastic Halloween in Florida this year, the CDC has issued guidelines that everyone is advised to follow. Some of the critical recommendations of this guideline include:
Traditional Halloween Activities to Avoid
For you to have a superb but safe Halloween, the CDC recommends that your family avoids the following otherwise popular traditions and practices.
- Avoid large indoor gatherings and parties, mostly if space is enclosed and poorly ventilated. Your family will have to make do with smaller indoor groups and parties.
- The traditional trick-or-treating is a big no. This year your family has to avoid going out for treats given to kids as they go door to door.
- No crowded costume parties for your family this Halloween.
- Indoor haunted houses where people crowd and scream should be no-go zones for you and your family during this year’s Halloween festivities.
- Forget those tractor rides and hayrides unless it's only members of your household participating.
While these recommendations sound prohibitive, they don't mean your family cannot have a fantastic Halloween season in Florida. There are still some low-risk activities that the entire family can participate in these celebrations.
Low-risk Halloween Activities in Florida
- Carving and decorating pumpkins at home can be a fun activity that the entire household can enjoy.
- You can also watch Halloween-themed movies from the comfort and safety of your home.
- Host a scavenger hunt for your kids. You can use diverse themes for different areas in your home – front yard vs. backyard and create spooky riddles to track down the pirate booty.
- Have fun with the costumes. A virtual costume party would be an excellent idea.
- Create a safe trick-or-treating session with your family. For instance, you can opt for a glow-in-the-dark egg hunt as an alternative to the traditional trick-or-treating.
These are just ideas to show that, with creativity and innovation, your family can still safely have its share of fun in the comfort of your home.
But in case you choose to attend out-of-home Halloween events in Florida, remember to have all your family members adhere strictly to the recommended safety and health measures. Wearing their face masks and not substituting them with Halloween masks is crucial. Social distance in public places is the way to go.
Following these simple tips will see you and your family have a super-nice Halloween during COVID in Florida. Over and above what has been discussed, constant cleanliness is a bottom line. Hire eMaids of Volusia County to deal with all your cleaning needs!