The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the celebration of many holidays. With cases and hospitalizations rising since July due to the delta variant, many families are being mindful about keeping their families safe during Arizona Halloween festivities. Unlike last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has given kids the green light to go trick-or-treating. However, the agency still recommends that everyone avoid large indoor gatherings, if possible.
To help you and your family enjoy a fun and safe Halloween in 2021, the personal injury attorneys at Lerner and Rowe recommend the following.
Plan a Safe Trick-or-Treat Route
Going trick-or-treating is the highlight of Arizona Halloween for many children. Although it’s safer to do this year, certain precautions should always be followed. It all starts with planning a safe route. Tools like Nextdoor’s Treat Map are fantastic for plotting a safe and enjoyable Halloween course. Maps like these show houses that are giving out candy, as well as those that have festive decorations for everyone to enjoy. In addition to keeping you and your family safer, tools like Treat Map will optimize your children’s candy-per-hour efficiency, which will make you a hero.
Brighten Up Dark Costumes
Batman, ninja, and other dark costumes are always popular choices for Halloween. However, they can make it difficult for motorists to see your kids. If your child has their heart set on being Black Panther, Catwoman, or Nightwing this year then be sure to add a bright band to help them avoid a pedestrian accident. A reflective armband works best, but a bright armband, headband, and multiple glow sticks can also be effective.
Have a Pumpkin Carving Party
Turning pumpkins into festive jack-o’-lanterns is a great way to celebrate Halloween. Limiting the fun to your immediate family also helps you stay safe from coronavirus exposure. If you decide to have a pumpkin carving party, one person from the household should purchase pumpkins and they should be cleaned immediately. Also be sure to use child-safe carving tools and inspect them for dangerous product defects.
Bake Some Halloween and Fall Treats
Baking some Halloween-themed cookies is almost as much fun as devouring them. You can get creative by shaping cookies to resemble pumpkins, witches’ hats, ghosts, and more. Since Fall has begun, it’s also a great time to bake some traditional autumn pies.
Between pumpkin, sweet potato, and pecan, there’s bound to be something your family will love. Be sure to take safety precautions against burn injuries while you’re making these delectable treats.
Host a Halloween Movie Marathon
From truly frightening films like The Exorcist to wholesome family features like It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, Arizona Halloween is perfect for a movie night. Thanks to new technology, you can even watch films with friends and family across the country.
Popular services like Netflix, Hulu, and Disney Plus have built-in “watch party” features that allow you to chat with friends on screen while watching a movie. Third-party apps like Scener work with a number of streaming services. These services are a great way to watch movies with your nearest and dearest while social distancing.
Have a Virtual Costume Contest
It’s easy to have a virtual costume contest thanks to popular video chat services like Apple Facetime, Google Hangouts, and Zoom. You can arrange a virtual contest with your children’s friends to see what creative or spooky costumes they’ve chosen this year.
Online educational services like Zigazoo are also hosting national Halloween costume contests for your children to enjoy. Virtual costume contests are a great way to celebrate the pageantry to Halloween while staying safe.
Have a Safe Arizona Halloween
The team at Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys hopes that your family has a fun-filled Halloween in 2021. Please do everything you can to keep your family safe and consider some of the safety tips and socially-distanced alternatives mentioned above.
If you do partake in traditional Halloween activities, be on the lookout for typical holiday injuries. With higher-than-normal foot traffic, Halloween usually has more slip-and-fall injuries than normal. Contact us for immediate assistance should you or a loved one suffer a personal injury on Halloween.
You can reach Lerner and Rowe 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by phone at 602-977-1900. We’re also available through the Internet via LiveChat and encrypted online form. Consultations are free and we do not charge any fees until your case is won. For experienced personal injury attorneys that treat you with compassion and respect, Lerner and Rowe is the way to go.
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