Staying safe this Halloween

Mayo Clinic is ultimately recommending against trick-or-treating but said holding low-risk options such as pumpkin carving is a great alternative

LA CROSSE, Wis (WKBT) – If you are like millions of other Americans, you are trying to figure out the best way to have a safe Halloween.

Health experts are attempting to educate people on safer practices that could help you and your family avoid getting sick.

When it comes to trick or treating concern comes from groups traveling from house to house and from possible hand contamination that can be passed on things like candy wrappers.

However, parents should be prepared to have conversations with their children about how this year’s holiday may look a little different than usual.

“I think the important thing for kids, is to present it as an opportunity to have some new experiences or different experiences than they have been used to in the past. Halloween is not canceled, we’re just celebrating it in a different way this year,” said Dr. Nipunie Rajapaske, a Pediatric Infectious Disease Expert with Mayo Clinic.

Mayo Clinic is ultimately recommending against trick-or-treating but said holding low-risk options such as pumpkin carving is a great alternative.