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Should Your Children Trick-or-Treat This Year?

Are you on the fence about Halloween trick-or-treating this year? No matter what you decide, your children can still have treats.

Are you on the fence about Halloween trick-or-treating this year? No matter what you decide, your children can still have treats.

Trick-or-Treating During the Pandemic

Parents across the world are grappling with whether to let their children trick-or-treat this year. Halloween has traditionally provided an opportunity for children to go from house to house collecting candy. Afterward, they delight in going through their candy and eating more of it than they should. This year, parents are weighing the safety of collecting candy versus their children's desire to have a traditional Halloween.

Base the decision on whether or not to trick-or-treat on factors that are unique to your family members. Your situation will dictate the best choice for you and your children. Here are some factors you should consider:

  • Does anyone in your family have an illness or condition that would make trick-or-treating a higher-than-average risk given the COVID-19 virus?
  • Are your children responsible enough to use good judgment when they trick-or-treat?
  • Are your children young enough that you can limit the number of houses they visit?
  • Is your neighborhood safe?
  • Can you satisfy your children with an alternative activity?

Is Anyone in the Household High-Risk?

Individual pre-existing conditions or illnesses make contracting COVID-19 more dangerous. If your child has a condition that makes them more prone to complications if they get the virus, it probably makes sense to find an alternative activity. Consider an at-home candy hunt or a small, socially-distant gathering with one or two friends that you know are COVID-careful.

If your children are healthy, but you have another high-risk individual living in the house, it may also make sense to pass on trick-or-treating. For example, is an old grandparent living in the house? How willing are your children to quarantine after they trick-or-treat?

Do Your Children Exercise Good Judgement?

You know your children, so you are in the best position to determine whether they would be careful and try to maintain safe, socially-distant practices when trick-or-treating. If they are old enough to trick-or-treat themselves, they are not going to want you tagging along. If you give them some trick-or-treat guidelines, are they likely to follow them? Some townships have COVID-19 Halloween guidelines, so check with your township to see if they are offering any suggestions to help your children trick-or-treat safely.

Trick-or-treating to a few select homes may satisfy young children.

Trick-or-treating to a few select homes may satisfy young children.

Can You Limit the Number of Houses They Visit?

Young children may not even realize that they are missing something if you do not mention trick-or-treating. However, many have older siblings who have already enjoyed Halloween in the past. Additionally, they may have friends who are talking about Halloween trick-or-treating.

On the plus side, young children tire easily, so you may be able to take them to a small number of select houses where you know the inhabitants well. Talk to your neighbors so you can coordinate trick-or-treating at their homes.

Is Your Neighborhood Safe?

Consider the safety of your neighborhood when you decide to trick-or-treat.

  • Is your neighborhood likely to have police driving through to check on the Halloween trick-or-treaters?
  • Is there a low crime rate?
  • Have there been any neighborhood arrests lately?
  • Do most neighbors seem to be COVID-19 responsible?

These questions will help you evaluate the safety of your neighborhood.

Will an Alternate Activity Satisfy Your Children?

Some children will be happy if they have a small Halloween party, a special dinner, or another Halloween activity (such as pumpkin carving, a candy hunt, or a scary movie). If you can make your child happy with an alternate activity, your decision not to let them trick-or-treat is easy.

Whether you allow your child to trick-or-treat or opt for an alternate activity, remember to enthusiastically talk about whatever you are going to do so that your child enjoys it. The right attitude will help your child have a Happy Halloween.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2020 Abby Slutsky


Abby Slutsky (author) from America on October 12, 2020:

I do not think I am opening my door either, but I might leave a basket of candy on my driveway.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 12, 2020:

This is a tough decision this year. We had very few chidren last year, so I think we probably won't participate this year.

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on October 12, 2020:

Yes, I know not everyone celebrates. Thank you for commenting and reading. I appreciate your time.

Charlene Gallant from Cape Town, South Africa on October 12, 2020:

Im from South We don't exactly traditionally follow halloween meaning we won't go house to house collecting if we tried more likely than not we would have doors slamming in our faces