The pandemic, COVID-19, has caused us to miss out on many important events to keep ourselves and our families safe. With Halloween coming up, many are wondering how they will participate in activities while being safe. Whether you are planning on staying home this Halloween or participating in local Halloween activities, we have a list of tips that may help you have a spooktacular and safe Halloween:
Ideas For Those Planning On Staying At Home This Halloween:
You can go out and buy decorations to put up around your house or classroom, or you can DIY your own Halloween decor. Pinterest has thousands of DIY Halloween decor projects with their supplies list and instructions. Decorating is the perfect way to get in the Halloween spirit while keeping yourself safe.
Halloween Movie Night
A family movie night is a perfect way to stay inside and still celebrate Halloween. Gather your favorite Halloween movies and either watch it on your television or set up a movie screen and projector for an even more exciting experience. Grab your favorite snacks, and you are all set!
Make Halloween Treats
Almost everyone loves Halloween-themed treats. Halloween is one of the only times of year you can eat sweets and justify it. Delish has a blog for 50+ Easy Halloween Party Treat ideas that you can make with your family to indulge in the spookiness while satisfying your cravings.
Carving pumpkins around Halloween is a tradition among many families around the world. You could even have a pumpkin carving competition for your family where the winner with the best pumpkin gets a prize.
Search for Drive Through Halloween Activities
Because of the pandemic, there will likely be multiple drive through Halloween activities near your home. Some of these might include drive-through haunted houses, drive-through trick or treating, or even drive-in movies. Do your research and find out what is happening near you and take advantage of the activities available.
Ideas For Those Planning On Trick-Or-Treating This Halloween:
One way to make sure that children are social distancing while trick-or-treating is by creating a candy graveyard. Scatter candy around your yard with fake tombstones and decorations to create a spooky scavenger hunt.
Create a Candy Chute
A genius Cincinnati dad, Andrew Beattie, invented a contactless candy chute for trick-or-treating. He used an old Amazon delivery tube attached to the railing by his stairs to drop candy down the chute into the children’s trick-or-treat bags.
Individual Bags of Candy
If you want to limit contact, you can have individual party bags of candy ready to go so that trick-or-treaters can get their bag and go. Handing out individual bags of candy helps to comply with COVID-19 safety guidelines of social distancing.
Instead of having children ring on doorbells, consider a trunk-or-treat where trick-or-treaters can socially distance and come up to grab their treat one family at a time. The best part of a trunk-or-treat is that you can decorate the trunk of your call with spooky Halloween decorations!
Lastly, Take Any Safety Measures Possible.
Taking a few extra steps to make sure your family is safe while participating in Halloween activities can be crucial. If you plan to participate in these activities, wear your masks, bring hand sanitizer, try not to touch anything you don’t have to, and practice proper hygiene and social distancing.
Disclaimer: These ideas are merely suggestions. Remember that it is always important to do your research and follow guidelines from both the CDC and your state’s health department. See the full list of United States health departments on the CDC website.