With Halloween fast approaching, the NYC Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) and the American Red Cross in Greater New York today shared important tips to help keep trick-or-treaters in New York City safe, including tips on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
According to the National Safety Council, across the country, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year. Ahead of Halloween, ACS and the American Red Cross urge parents to make sure trick-or-treaters can see and be seen, ensure children are never trick-or-treating alone, ensure children walk only on the sidewalk, never go inside someone’s home and more. Additionally, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, ACS and the American Red Cross are encouraging families to trick or treat outdoors and even step back 6 feet after ringing the doorbell. Masks that are sold as part of Halloween costumes are ineffective at stopping COVID-19 transmission; children should wear a face mask over any costume mask. Do not wear a face mask under a costume mask, as it may make it hard to breathe.
“This Halloween, we want children throughout the City to have fun but also be safe,” said Commissioner David A. Hansell. “From choosing the right costume and wearing the right face covering, to planning a trick-or-treat route in advance, packing a flashlight, and more, there’s lots of ways to ensure children stay safe this Halloween, including from COVID-19. We are grateful and proud to partner with the American Red Cross on this important safety initiative.”
“Being safe on Halloween can still mean a spooky good time for all. Whether you’re handing out goodies or going door-to-door, with just a few simple considerations you can make sure your family and those around you are safe and sound. We are proud to team up with ACS to help keep our kids out of harm’s way while they enjoy the festivities,” said Mary J. Barneby, CEO, American Red Cross in Greater New York.
Whether you are trick-or-treating door-to-door, or simply driving through the neighborhood, New Yorkers should follow these Halloween Safety Tips:
Make sure trick-or-treaters can see and be seen:
Children should never trick or treat alone:
Walk only on the sidewalks, not in the street:
Accept treats at the door – never go inside:
Make sure a grown-up checks the goodies before eating:
Leave the pumpkin carving to adults:
Prevent the Spread of COVID-19:
For additional COVID-19 Halloween Safety Tips, please see the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s website: https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/covid/covid-19-halloween.pdf