Centerport, NY-The Suffolk County Legislature’s Health Committee Chairperson William R. Spencer, M.D. got real about this year’s unique dangers posed by Halloween and how families can keep their loved ones COVID-19 free. With the virus still a risk, he hosted a press conference on October 15th in front of the Halloween decked out Mill Pond restaurant and offered a host of options on how to safely and smartly navigate the traditionally social and interactive holiday adored by children of all ages.
Legislator Spencer highlighted his “Lawn & House Halloween Decorating Contest” designed to bring Halloween cheer safely to residents. Participants in the contest will be included in a “Halloween Spirit Map” for families to venture out in their cars to view the creativity displayed by the contestants. The idea behind the map is to provide a fun alternative to trick or treating.
“The key to successfully navigating the ongoing risks of COVID-19 has been to adapt to the circumstances. No one wants Halloween to be cancelled, but many want to protect the health and safety of their loved ones. The contest simultaneously captures the great spirit of Halloween with an adventurous and creative option while avoiding the concerns that may come with traditional activities,” stated Legislator Spencer.
In addition to discussing the contest- the Legislator provided the following of commons sense tips for families planning to go forth with trick or treating as well as tips for residents who will be giving out candy:
Tips for those giving out candy:
Families are encouraged to opt for alternatives to trick-or-treating:
Legislator Spencer displayed a lawn sign designed by Malia Jones, the editor in chief of the Dear Pandemic Public Health Communications website, that can be used to call attention to protocols to follow while out and about on Halloween.
For information on how to enter the “Lawn & House Halloween Decorating Contest” or how to obtain a No-Contact Trick or Treat sign, please contact Legislator Spencer’s office at 631-854-4500.