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Tips for a safe and healthy Halloween

Oct. 20, 2020

The Mālama Ola Minute is a series brought to you by the Kamehameha Schools Mālama Ola Division to increase awareness, promote discussion, and offer tools to improve the physical and mental health of our haumāna.

Even as we all continue to navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Halloween is still one of the most magical days of the year. To help ensure that you and your keiki have a safe and healthy Hallows’ Eve, we are sharing the following advice from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These suggestions are meant to supplement our state health and safety laws, rules and regulations.


  • Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household and displaying them
  • Carving or decorating pumpkins outside at a safe distance, with neighbors or friends
  • Decorating your house, apartment or living space
  • Having a Halloween movie night with your household members
  • Holding a virtual Halloween costume contest with friends and family
  • Having a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your household members in or around your home
  • Teaming up with neighbors to hold a Halloween scavenger hunt by giving keiki lists of Halloween-themed items to look for while walking from house to house. Make sure that participants wear face masks and are at a safe distance from one another.

Masking up during Halloween:  A plastic Halloween costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask. Do not wear a costume mask over a protective cloth mask if it makes it difficult to breathe. Instead, consider using a Halloween-themed cloth mask or incorporating a cloth mask into your costume.


  • Participating in one-way trick-or-treating, where goodie bags are lined up at a safe distance for families to grab and go on a table at the edge of your lawn or driveway.
  • Having a small, outdoor, open-air costume parade where participants are distanced more than six feet apart
  • Attending a costume party held outdoors where protective masks are used and people can remain more than six feet apart.
  • Having an outdoor Halloween movie night with family and friends with people spaced at least six feet apart.


The CDC recommends avoiding these high-risk activities to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Traditional trick-or-treating where treats are handed to children who go door to door
  • “Trunk-or-treat” events where treats are handed out from trunks of cars lined up in large parking lots
  • Crowded costume parties
  • Indoor haunted houses where people may be packed together and screaming
  • Crowded community events, especially if you live in an area with rising levels of COVID-19



How to have a safe and fun Halloween during the pandemic
Hawai‘i State Department of Health

Halloween & COVID-19: Have Fun While Staying Safe

Simple Steps for an Extra Safe Halloween
The National Safety Council

How to Make a Face Mask Work with your Costume this Halloween
Real Simple

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