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Posted: October 20, 2020

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October 20, 2020

Don’t get tricked this Halloween

Oklahoma City Indian Clinic promotes safe and fun ways to celebrate Halloween while practicing social distancing

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City Indian Clinic (OKCIC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit clinic providing health and wellness services to American Indians in central Oklahoma, supports practicing social distancing during the upcoming holidays, including Halloween.

Many traditional activities can be high risk of spreading the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. This year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising against traditional trick-or-treating where kids put on costumes and go door-to-door getting treats from their neighbors.

“As Halloween approaches, social distancing is still recommended to slow the spread of COVID-19,” Robyn Sunday-Allen said, CEO of OKCIC. “The virus spreads mainly from person-to-person through coughs, sneezes or talking. Children trick-or-treating door-to-door can enhance the chances of the virus spreading.”

According to the CDC, here are some alternative, low-risk Halloween activities:

  • Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household.

  • Carving or decorating pumpkins outside, at a safe distance, with neighbors or friends.

  • Decorating your house, apartment or living space.

  • Doing a Halloween scavenger hunt where children search for a list of Halloween-themed items to look for while walking house-to-house admiring Halloween decorations from a distance.

  • Having a virtual Halloween costume contest.

  • Having a costume parade outside with social distance.

  • Having a Halloween movie night with your household.

“You can still celebrate, but it will look a little different this year,” Sunday-Allen said.

About Oklahoma City Indian Clinic
Oklahoma City Indian Clinic was established in 1974 to provide excellent health care and  wellness services to American Indians in central Oklahoma. The clinic staff cares for more than 20,000 patients from over 200 federally recognized tribes every year. American Indians can receive a range of services, including medical, dental, pediatrics, prenatal, pharmacy, optometry, physical fitness, nutrition, family programs and behavioral health services. For more information, please call (405) 948-4900 or visit www.okcic.com.

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