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How to trick-or-treat safely this year

From traveling in smaller groups to using the daylight to your advantage; there are many things you can do to keep everyone safe while stocking up on loads of candy.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Last year, holidays looked very different, especially Halloween... but now, as more people are vaccinated and things are creeping back to normal, kids will get the chance to yell 'trick-or-treat' this Halloween!

"Last year, you know, the recommendation was that, 'no one come towards the house,' but we are able to do that a little bit safer. The best thing about trick-or-treating is that it's outside," said Dr. Erin DeLaney, M.D., from UAB's Department of Family and Community Medicine. 

As DeLaney said, trick-or-treating is a mostly outdoor activity, so that's a plus.

But, what if you want to pass out candy but don't feel comfortable outside - just yet?

She says it's always recommended to give out individually wrapped goodies and if you would like to remain contactless, to set your candy contributions out on the porch or driveway.

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She also says that safer trick-or-treating, especially during a pandemic, may mean going in smaller groups.

Having fewer people around means you are less likely to be exposed.

The health expert also stresses the importance of vaccination; both the COVID-19 vaccine if eligible and the flu shot. 

Beyond COVID, DeLaney also shares some basic safety tips.

"We recommend trying to stick to sidewalks when they are available, going when there's still some light out, as you can see what you're doing," said DeLaney. "Also, making sure to wear some form of reflective clothing or tape lights, so drivers can see the children, it's really important."

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