If we’re being honest, 2020 has felt like a real-life horror film. However, the spooky season is quickly approaching! Traditionally, celebrating Halloween usually involves tons of candy, social parties with scary drinks, and of course family and/or friends activities but if you’re planning to celebrate Halloween during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have put together seven tips to keep you safe this holiday. Read on to see the tips to keep you and your family safe according to the CDC.
1. Get Moving
This holiday, crave out time to be active this Halloween – between get-togethers and trick-or-treating in the neighborhood. 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. Give yourself and your guests healthier choices and nutritious treats like fruite 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 that are important for good health.
3. Keep Your Bite Healthy
Keep Halloween candy at bay. Care for teeth the right way – brush with a fluoride toothpaste each and every day. Tooth decay (cavities) is one of the most common chronic conditions of childhood in the United States. Untreated tooth decay can cause pain and infections that may lead to problems with eating, speaking, playing, and learning.
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 flash light. 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.
6. Don’t Be a Zombie
Sleep is important– even on Halloween! Adults need 7-8 hours each night. It’s best for staying healthy and helping the disease fight! Insufficient sleep is linked to an increased risk for the development of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.
7. Be Afraid of Smoking
Lastly, keep your Halloween activities smoke and tobacco-free. Being smoke-free is the way to be – duh! Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, causing many diseases. Get help to quit smoking!