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How to have a spooky yet safe Halloween

How to have a spooky yet safe Halloween
Posted on 10/02/2020
young girl in witch costume and face mask holding pumpkinLenexa’s popular Enchanted Forest event is canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating is not recommended. But we still have some spooktacular fun up our sleeves to celebrate Halloween.

City of Lenexa events

Lenexa’s Fall-O-Ween Yard Tour is sneaking up fast on Oct. 21–31. There are three great ways to participate. 
  1. Show off your eye for aesthetic or imaginative décor. Enter your home or business to be a stop on our drive-by tour by Oct. 16.

  2. From Oct. 21–31, load the family and some snacks in the car and take a self-guided tour of the haunted displays and festive fall scenes across Lenexa. You’ll follow our interactive online map.

  3. Volunteer to judge the Fall-O-Ween entries and help pick winners in a variety of categories.
Want to solve a mystery? Kids ages 3–12 can check out the Lenexa Rec Center and Lenexa Public Market’s Hide ‘n’ Seek Trick or Treat Scavenger Hunt from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 29–31, 2020. Dress up, search for clues at your own pace around Lenexa’s civic campus (at eastbound 87th Street Parkway and Winchester Street). Solve the word puzzle, and you’ll get a treat at the last stop. 

Halloween safety tips

If you still intend to go door-to-door trick-or-treating: 

  • Wear a face covering over your nose and mouth.

  • Carry hand sanitizer and use it at regular intervals.

  • Carry sanitizing wipes to disinfect packaged candy before consumption, or other items being distributed. Remember to examine treats for choking hazards or tampering.
  • Accept only commercially packaged, non-perishable items.

  • Physically distance from anyone who does not live your household.

Ways to keep kids visible at night:

  • Only cross the street at corners, and use traffic signals and crosswalks when available.

  • Always walk on sidewalks and paths, when you can. If there aren’t sidewalks available, walk facing traffic, as far to the left as possible.

  • Make sure children have appropriate supervision when trick-or-treating. Children under age 12 should not be alone at night without supervision.

  • Decorate costumes with reflective materials or stickers, and have children carry glow sticks or flashlights so they can be seen more easily.

Guidance for homes accepting trick-or-treaters:

  • Wear a face covering over your nose and mouth.
  • Wash hands with soap and water at regular intervals.
  • Regularly clean and sanitize frequently touched items such as door handles, doorbells and door knockers.
  • Consider having sanitizing wipes by the door for quick access between trick-or-treaters.
  • Distribute only commercially produced, non-perishable items.
  • Do not use “grab bowls,” where trick-or-treaters reach into a communal bowl to retrieve candy.
  • Consider spacing items 6 feet apart on your porch, in your yard or on a table in your driveway. Watch from a safe distance and replenish items as needed.

Published Oct. 2, 2020