TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Ghosts and goblins will fill the streets Halloween night, but it's the thought of Halloween that's scary for families who want to steer clear of H1N1 virus. Doctors say trick-or-treat is no worse than any other holiday when it comes to the spread of the flu. But, to be extra careful, make sure kids wash their hands before eating their treats. If your child doesn't feel well, keep them home and don't let them pass out candy. Avoid sharing plastic masks and be cautious when trying them on in costume stores. Last, but not least, keep your candy bowl sanitary by dishing out your own candy.
"It certainly it makes sense, rather than having lots of different people reaching into the same bucket, to distribute a few things to each individual person, and to make sure you yourself have washed your hands before distributing candy," said Dr. Jeffrey Levin, with UT Health Science Center of Tyler.
Dr. Levin said the length of time a flu virus lives will vary, but it shouldn't last more than a few hours on surfaces like candy wrappers.