Have a safe and healthy Halloween!

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In homes across the state, discussions are taking place among household members and neighbors about how to safely celebrate Halloween and prevent the community spread of COVID-19. Based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Wellstar Health System has come up with some Halloween safety tips in an easy-to-remember acronym: GHOSTS.

  • Grab-n-go treats: Putting out a bowl for kids to dig their hands into is not recommended. Instead, try lining up candies on a table or along a driveway, grab-n-go style, to minimize viral spread.
  • Have fun with costumes by incorporating masks into the creative attire. Costumes featuring doctors, nurses and first responders will undoubtedly be popular ways to honor frontline caregivers during the pandemic.
  • Outside is the best place to celebrate if possible. Fresh air flow, short interaction times and social distance are the advantages of celebrating outside.
  • Sanitize often and well. Make sure kids have access to wipes and sanitizer and help guide them on safety measures. The Wellstar Safety Kid Rap is a good educational and motivational tool.
  • Technology can help folks connect on Halloween, especially in households where there are immune-compromised individuals. Zoom pumpkin carving contests, fashion shows or mask decorating parties are some ideas for virtual fun.
  • Stay home if kids or other family members don’t feel well or are exposed to COVID-19.

Above all, have a safe and happy Halloween!

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