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How to trick-or-treat safely this Halloween during the coronavirus pandemic

The Rock Island County Health Department says trick-or-treating is a moderate risk activity to spread the coronavirus. Here's how to make it safer.

MOLINE, Ill. — Halloween is right around the corner, and that means kids are looking to get out in their costumes and get their candy while trick-or-treating.

However, the coronavirus pandemic presents some safety and health concerns with this festive activity. But the Rock Island County Health Department has some tips for how to do it safely.

Safe Trick-or-Treating Tips

  • Wear a "real" mask, even if your costume has one
  • Trick-or-treat only with your own household
  • Limit the number of houses you go to
  • Don't crowd at the door or stairs
  • Sta local, don't travel to other areas
  • Use hand sanitizer before you dig into your candy

Tips to Safely Hand out Candy

  • Wear a "real" mask, even if your costume has one
  • Use hand sanitizer frequently
  • Place candy in individual bags or put them in the trick-or-treaters' bags yourself; don't let them reach into a big bowl

If you or someone in your family isn't feeling well, stay home and don't give out any candy.

Safer Alternatives

  • Carve or decorate pumpkins
  • Host an online party or contest
  • Hold a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search
  • Have an outdoor or drive-in movie night
  • Dress up at home and decorate your yard
  • Have an outdoor costume party
  • Visit a pumpkin patch or orchard

Click here for a complete list of trick-or-treat times in the Quad Cities.

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