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Posted on: September 15, 2021

Halloween 2021

Halloween Oct 31 2021

Trick or Treating Best Practices – Ohio Department of Health


For Parents/Guardians:

• If taking your children trick-or-treating, limit the number of houses you visit and ask your children to stay as far from treat-givers as possible. For small children, consider holding the bag for them. 

• Wipe off candy wrappers with sanitizing wipes when you arrive home. (NOTE: Never wipe unpackaged food with wipes.) 

• Allow children to eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid homemade treats made by strangers.

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For Community Members:

• For trick-or-treating, reach out to neighbors to discuss ways to ensure 6-foot social distancing, how candy can most safely be distributed, and the need for face coverings.

• Refrain from having children select their own treats from a bowl/common container or set up a hand-sanitizing station. 

• Consider lining up individually wrapped goodie bags on porch steps, a table in the driveway, or the edge of the driveway or yard with a sign asking children to take only one. Or use other creative ways to distribute treats, such as using a candy “slide” made of PVC pipe or hanging treats from a wall or fence. 

• If you are preparing goodie bags, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 second before and after preparing the bags.


More resources:

Ohio Dept. of Health:

Centers for Disease Control:

National Safety Council:



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