The spooky season is quickly approaching! Traditionally, celebrating Halloween usually involves tons of candy, social parties with scary drinks, and of course, family or friends activities. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges those celebrating Halloween to do so safely as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. While the agency encourages people not to attend big parties, they say trick-or-treating is safe, with some precautions.
The CDC suggests incorporating a cloth mask into your costume; a costume mask alone isn’t sufficient to prevent the spread of the virus. In addition, masks should not be worn by children under two or those who have trouble breathing.
1. Get Moving
This holiday, crave time to be active this Halloween – between get-togethers and trick-or-treating in the neighborhood. So take a walk and do some weight training to help you feel good!
2. Limit the Candy
Don’t spend this Halloween filling up on junk food and sweets. Instead, give yourself and your guests healthier choices and nutritious treats like fruit high in Vitamin C. Fruits and vegetables are part of a well-balanced and healthy eating plan and provide essential vitamins and minerals, fiber, and other substances necessary for good health.
3. Keep Your Bite Healthy
Keep Halloween candy at bay. Care for teeth the right way – brush with fluoride toothpaste every day. Tooth decay (cavities) is one of childhood’s most common chronic conditions in the United States. Untreated tooth decay can cause pain and infections, leading to eating, speaking, playing, and learning problems.
4. Play it Safe
Take precautions to stay safe while trick-or-treating on Halloween night. Watch out for cars, use reflective gear, walk with a group, and carry a flashlight. Check out CDC’s Injury Center for tips to stay safe at home, on the road, and at play.
5. Scare Away the Flu and Colds
The Flu season is amongst us, but don’t be scared. Continue washing your hands frequently and get a flu vaccine, too! Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year. Get vaccinated to protect yourself and your loved ones and learn about good health habits that can help stop germs.