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Doctor offers tips for keeping kids safe while trick-or-treating

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that he wouldn't recommend trick-or-treating this year, but that he will allow it.

News 12 Staff

Sep 16, 2020, 11:09 AM

Updated 1,370 days ago

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that he wouldn't recommend trick-or-treating this year, but that he will allow it.
The move comes after Los Angeles officials said the Halloween tradition would be barred in 2020.
Dr. Sandra Kesh, an infectious disease expert with WestMed Medical Group, says her biggest tip for parents is to minimize the number of kids that they go trick-or-treating with. She says two to three is an ideal number.
She also recommends double-checking that families have been taking necessary safety precautions.
When it comes to older kids, Dr. Kesh encourages parents to chaperone on Halloween in order to ensure social distancing.
When it comes to candy, Kesh says, "As far as we know with COVID, it doesn't survive on plastic surfaces, like the type you see with candy wrappers for longer than 72 hours...so what I would recommend you do is when you bring the candy home and your child has this wonderful bag full of candy, you maybe let them have a couple pieces and then you put the rest aside to sit for a couple days and that way you don't have to go through and clean every piece."
She also suggests not inviting more than four families if you want to host a party, and have them wear masks. Kesh says to keep hand sanitizer handy, and open windows to provide ventilation.
There are also outdoor Halloween events, like the Great Jack-O-Lantern Blaze, which will be kicking off this weekend in Croton-on-Hudson.
Rob Schweitzer, with Historic Hudson Valley, says families can also get a tour outside the home of Washington Irving - the famous author who created the headless horsemen.


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