MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Halloween is all about family traditions and celebrations but it’s also important to stay safe.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue is reminding everyone to have a great time, but also to protect yourself and everyone around you.READ MORE: Tiger Woods, Son Charlie To Play In PNC Championship In Orlando
They also warn trick-or-treaters that while out, to be aware of the traffic around.
Authorities are urging drivers to be on the lookout for trick-or-treaters on Halloween night.
Trick-or-treating is back, but health officials still want families to make sure simple COVID-19 precautions are in place.
Dr. Mercedes Carnethon with Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine said everyone should mask up, especially if you welcome trick-or-treaters at the door.
“There’s no way to predict the density of children who are going to come together, and there’s no way to know which households they’re approaching, whether or not those adults are vaccinated or unvaccinated,” Dr. Carnethon said.
The American Academy of Pediatrics reminds parents that costume masks are not a substitute for a face covering to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
We know the virus is more likely to spread inside, so experts said it’s best to say boo to indoor Halloween parties and celebrate outdoors, especially with younger kids who can’t be fully vaccinated by the holiday.
“It is not safe to hold an indoor party with a large number of children unmasked. I think not offering food and drink indoors is critically important to keep any type of indoor gathering safe,” Dr. Carnethon said.READ MORE: Florida Backs Effort To Draw FIFA To Miami, Orlando
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends:
- Limiting trick or treating to small groups
- Waiting for your turn to avoid large clusters while trick or treating
- Practicing good hand hygiene
6-year-old Talia Cheng can’t wait for Halloween.
“I’m most looking for lots of Skittles and chocolate,” she said.
But she knows her peacock costume will have a very important accessory, a mask.
“I wear my mask to be safe,” Talia said.
“Our daughter will still wear a mask when she’s trick-or-treating and we will as well,” said Talia’s mom, Jessica Colman.
Colman adds they will also “definitely wash hands or use hand sanitizer as much as possible.”
Like last year, Talia’s family said they will put a table of treats in the driveway.
According to a recent CBS News poll, more than six in 10 parents of school-aged children feel that kids who go trick-or-treating this year will be safe from the coronavirus.MORE NEWS: Prices At The Pump Creep Lower, Forecast To Tumble Below $3 A Gallon Soon, Government Forecasts
While just over a third think children who go trick-or-treating will be at risk for the virus.