Hawaii pediatrician outlines safety strategies for trick-or-treating

HONOLULU (KHON2) — Trick or treat has been given the green light for the 2021 Halloween season, but many keiki are still ineligible for a COVID-19 vaccine.

Despite this, there are ways children can be protected from the virus while celebrating Halloween.

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“Doing things like traveling in small groups, really not allowing kids wearing masks to gather at candy bowls where they help themselves,” said pediatrician Dr. Amy Harpstrite.

Spacing candies can help, which can also protect those who will be handing them out.

“If you have a table closer to the road or away from close contact from the owners of the house and the kids, you can say hello, but you’ll be sure to keep a good 10 to 12 feet,” said Dr. Harpstrite.

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Some parents are still undecided about letting their kids go trick-or-treating in the neighborhood.

“With the pandemic that’s going on I don’t know, that’s part of the reason I’m thinking about whether we should do it or not, if we’re going to do it, we’re just going to do it in family homes, that’s the. ‘ said Joey Mwaiulfil, the Honolulu parent.

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One thing parents don’t have to worry about is wiping down the candy before kids get their hands on it.

“In the past, people have told me to sanitize my children’s candy. Is it likely to carry the coronavirus; we’ve learned over the years that it’s not worn like that, so that’s probably no more necessary than your normal thing a parent is going to watch over the candy,” explained Dr. Harpstrite off.

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Most health officials said vaccines won’t be eligible for five to 11-year-olds until November at the earliest. Click here for CDC holiday guidelines.

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