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My five-year-old nephew, Ben, is a great source of pride for his electrician father, Dan. Last Halloween, Ben refused to cheat or treat in a certain house because he noticed that the decorations there posed a fire hazard.
Halloween is supposed to be fun, but it has always involved risks and potential debts. The video below describes some of the "traditional" hazards and ways to mitigate them, from eliminating the risk of falls and falls to preventing fire and animal-related hazards.
And while much of the focus on Halloween risk reduction is at home, Donald R. Grady, a personal injury lawyer in Boston, says the biggest dangers actually involve cars.
"You're seeing an increase in car accidents," Grady says. "Especially with teenagers who do not have adults with them and who rush from house to house."
The Curse 2020
Perhaps predictably now, 2020 has aroused the spooky holiday threats. COVID-19 has introduced new Halloween concerns.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published a list of low-, moderate-, and high-risk activities for Halloween during a time of pandemic.
Lower risk activities include:
- Carving or decorating pumpkins with family members and showing them
- Carving or decorating pumpkins outside, at a safe distance, with neighbors or friends
- Decorating your house, apartment or living space  Having a Virtual Halloween Costume Contest
- Having a Halloween Movie Night with the People You Live With.
Moderate risk activities include:
- Participate in one-way trick-or-treat, where individually wrapped candy bags are lined up for families to grab and walk while continuing to social distance
- Having a small group, outdoor suit pair with people at a distance of more than 6 meters from each other
- Attend a costume party held outdoors, where protective masks are used and people can stay more than 6 meters apart.
The CDC provides precautions and additional guidance for these and other moderate-risk activities, so if you even think about them, definitely read the relevant guidance. It recommends to the following:
- Traditional trick-or-treat where sweets are distributed to children who go door to door
- "Trunk-or-treat", where sweets are distributed from suitcases of cars lined up in large parking lots
- Participate in cramped costume parties held indoors
- Go to an indoor haunted house where people can be crowded together and shout
- Walk on hay or tractor rides with people who are not in the household
- To use alcohol or drugs, which can condemn the assessment and increase risky behavior
- Travel to a rural autumn festival that does not exist in your community if you live in an area with community spread of COVID-19.