How to Celebrate Halloween During COVID-19

It’s been more than a few months, and some initial rules may have been relaxed or replaced, but the world is still dealing with a pandemic and its many social and economic effects. 

How are you planning to celebrate Halloween during COVID-19? I’m sharing some of my ideas below, but first, let’s ask the big question. 

Should We Go Trick-or-Treating and Celebrate Halloween Normally? 

It might disappoint you and your kids, but it’s best to follow local community guidelines and take personal safety measures.  

Health officials have predicted a possible surge in coronavirus cases in the fall, due to several converging factors, such as the drop in temperature, the start of flu season, and social gatherings to celebrate events like Halloween. 

To practice ideal social distancing for COVID-19 prevention, avoid door-to-door or car-to-car trick-or-treating, costume parties, haunted houses, and even crowded hayrides. How sad, right? But I’ll continue to take the stance to protect our most vulnerable. 

5 Ways You Can Celebrate Halloween During COVID-19 

Creating great memories with my family is important to me. I don’t want my daughters to miss out on celebrating Halloween because of something that’s not their fault.  

I’ve thought long and hard about this. How can we have fun without risking our health or the members of our family that are high-risk? Here are some of my Halloween 2020 ideas:   

1. One-Way or Reverse Trick-or-Treating

Nearly a quarter of Americans still plan to go trick-or-treating this year, and two-thirds plan to hand out candy. If you’re thinking of doing the same thing, consider lining up goodie bags at the end of your driveway for kids to pick up individually. You can also reverse the tradition and drop off treats for your family and friends at their doorsteps. 

2. Go Overboard With Decorations

Whether you go with dollar store crafts or go all-out with model skeletons and a fog machine, you can’t go wrong with this. Ask your children to help with decorating. Turn pumpkin carving into a regular fall activity and proudly display your kids’ artwork outside to show your neighbors and friends. 

3. Make Creating Costumes a Mommy and Me Activity

Are you a parent who’s excellent at making last-minute costumes ? Turn that talent into a Halloween activity to entertain your children. Invite them to participate in making their costumes. You can go digging into old clothes, make paper dresses, and even repurpose old costumes. Make a whole wardrobe of costumes for your kids to show off during the next family Zoom meeting.  

4. Arrange a Spooky Scavenger Hunt

Instead of taking your children trick-or-treating, hide Halloween candies and other treats around the house. You can even include a set of clues or a treasure map for older children. You can use glow-in-the-dark glue or glow sticks so kids can go on a scavenger hunt with lights off or drawn curtains. 

5. Set Up a Scary Movie Marathon

This might be the easiest one on the list, but it’s certainly not boring! Pick horror favorites that you know your kids will enjoy. They can wear Halloween costumes while watching, too. You can also watch while eating popcorn and Halloween candy. 

Stay Safe and Have a Happy Halloween!  

If you plan on going to a social gathering, please remember that you can’t substitute a costume mask for a regular cloth mask. Consider wearing a Halloween-themed or plain black cloth mask. 


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