GoCampingAmerica.com | Posted October
    7th, 2020


    For A Safer Halloween!


    Happy Camper Blog



    The following blog was provided by
    the Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association
    and highlights tips to hosting safe Halloween events at
    campgrounds and RV parks. 

    The COVID-19 pandemic has already changed the way we’ve
    traditionally celebrated many events in 2020. We’ve had canceled Easter egg
    hunts, summer festivals and Fourth of July fireworks.

    Unfortunately, the next (and for many, the favorite) holiday of
    the year is Halloween. Trick-or-Treat will be a challenge. We all want our
    kids to be safe and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    has recommended against traditional door-to-door

    But Halloween itself isn’t canceled, and if it’s something your
    family looks forward to each year, you should still celebrate. You just have
    to modify your approach.

    These higher-risk activities should be avoided, according to the
    CDC’s guidance.

    • Door-to-door trick-or-treating.
    • Trunk-or-treat activities (where treats are handed out from
      trunks of cars in parking lots).
    • Indoor costume parties and haunted houses.
    • Hayrides with people who don’t live in your
    • Traveling to rural fall festivals that aren’t in your community
      if your town has community spread of COVID-19.
    • Alcohol or drug use that would impair your ability to make safe

    According to the CDC, the following moderate-risk alternatives are
    a bit safer, although they still carry risks.

    • One-way trick-or-treating “where individually wrapped goodie
      bags are lined up for families to grab and go while continuing to social
      distance (such as at the end of a driveway or at the edge of a yard).” If you
      make goodie bags, you should wash your hands for 20 seconds before and after
      creating them.
    • Outdoor costume parades with small groups that allow for more
      than 6 feet of distance between people.
    • Outdoor costume parties where people are wearing cloth face
      masks and are more than 6 feet apart.
    • Open-air, outdoor walk-through haunted forests where people are
      wearing cloth face masks and are more than 6 feet apart. (More distance is
      recommended between people if screaming is expected.)
    • Visits to pumpkin patches or apple orchards where people use
      hand sanitizer, there is proper social distancing and face mask-wearing is
      encouraged or enforced.
    • An outdoor Halloween movie night with local family and friends
      who can maintain more than 6 feet of distance from each

    About Masks:

    • Do not use costume masks in place of cloth
    • Do not use a costume mask (such as for Halloween) as a
      substitute for a cloth mask unless it is made of two or more layers of
      breathable fabric that covers your mouth and nose and doesn’t leave gaps
      around your face.
    • Do not wear a costume mask over a cloth mask because it can be
      dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe. Instead, consider
      using a Halloween-themed cloth mask.

    The CDC recommends the following activities as the lowest-risk
    ways to enjoy Halloween.

    • Carving and decorating pumpkins with people in your household,
      and then displaying them.
    • Carving and decorating pumpkins outside at a safe distance with
      neighbors or friends.
    • Decorating your house, apartment or living space (or needless to
      say, your RV!).
    • Going on a Halloween scavenger hunt through the neighborhood by
      giving children a list of things to look for while looking at Halloween
      decorations from a distance.
    • A virtual Halloween costume contest.
    • A Halloween movie night at home with the people you live with.

    All of the suggestions above apply whether you’re at home or
    staying in a campground for a Halloween weekend. Be creative, and make
    Halloween a fun holiday for your family!