As Halloween fast approaches, the City of Tampa is sharing some COVID-19 safety tips to support fun and safe festivities.
Families that are planning to participate in neighborhood trick-or-treating this year, are reminded to practice COVID-19 safety including maintaining 6 feet of distance from other groups, wearing a cloth face covering, only accepting wrapped goodies, and washing hands for at least 20 seconds before eating candy. See a list of more tips below.
- Wear a cloth face mask that covers both your mouth and nose.
- Only trick-or-treat with members of your household and stay more than 6 feet from other groups.
- Bring hand sanitizer with you and use it regularly.
- Avoid going door-to-door, only take ready-made goodie bags or individually wrapped candy that is left outside for trick-or-treating at a safe distance. Do not reach into large bowls or containers.
- Do not participate if you or your child feels sick or has symptoms of COVID-19.
- Wipe down all packaging and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds before eating candy.
In addition to trick-or-treating, residents can enjoy a variety of other low-risk activities to celebrate spooky season. The Tampa Riverwalk is currently hosting its Halloween Hunt, a virtual scavenger hunt from Oct 17th - Nov 1st along the Tampa Riverwalk. Friends of the Riverwalk and NPCF are also hosting Tampa Bay’s 1st Halloween Boat Parade this Saturday, October 24th, from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm.
In Ybor, the annual Little Monsters Promenade is transforming this year into the Little Monsters Pumpkin Express, a socially distant and family-friendly rolling Halloween extravaganza from your vehicle. Registration is required to participate.
For those looking for even more fun, the CDC has provided the following guidelines on low, moderate, and high-risk activities.
- House and pumpkin decorating with your household
- Pumpkin carving outside, at a safe distance, with friends
- Virtual costume contest with friends and family
- Spooky movie night with people you live with
- Halloween decoration scavenger hunt
MODERATE RISK ACTIVITIES
Protective masks should be worn and more than 6 feet distance maintained
- One-way trick-or-treating with grab and go goodie bags at a safe distance
- Outdoor costume parade or party with a small group
- Open-air, one-way, walk-through haunted forest
- Pumpkin patches or orchards with hand sanitizer use before touching
- Outdoor Halloween movie night (increase distancing if screaming is likely to occur)
Avoid these higher-risk activities to help prevent the spread of COVID-19
- Traditional trick-or-treating with children going door-to-door
- Trunk-or-treat events with cars lined up in large parking lots
- Crowded indoor costume parties
- Indoor haunted house with crowds and/or screaming
- Hayrides or tractor rides with people not in your household
For more information on keeping yourself, your loved ones and your community safe this Halloween, please refer to the CDC guidelines at cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html
Download the City of Tampa’s COVID-19 Halloween Safety Tips flyer and social media graphic at tampagov.net/MediaToolkit