While it looks like social restrictions due to COVID-19 aren’t going away anytime soon, there are still many ways you can keep some of the Halloween traditions going, even if typical trick-or-treating looks different or may not be possible this year.
The whole family can still dress up, decorate the yard with spooky decorations, and indulge in some candy. It’s just a matter of scaling back the festivities and possibly starting some new holiday traditions. To make it a little more enjoyable for everyone, identify the trick-or-treat substitute that would work best for your kids.
What’s their favourite thing about Halloween?
They love dressing up the most.
If it’s all about pretending for them, go out and get their favourite costume and let them wear it around the neighbourhood for a few days. Missing out on the costume contest? Maybe start your own costume contest on Facebook or Instagram.
Decorating the yard is the best part
Besides decking out your own house after dark, consider scheduling a socially distanced neighbourhood tour in the days leading up to Halloween so you can admire everyone else’s spooky decorations.
Having fun with friends
It’s tough to get together physically so you might have to do this virtually for the time being. Try throwing a virtual Halloween party or pumpkin carving contest and suggest playing Halloween games online with friends. Some websites offer free multiplayer games.
The scary factor
What’s better than a campfire with s’mores watching scary movies in the backyard? If the weather won’t cooperate, move the campout inside (there are no rules!). Here’s a list of 40 kids’ Halloween movies you might want to take a sneak peek at.
Adventure and exploration
Do a search to see if there are any special Halloween activities or events happening in your community (some organizers are getting really creative). Socially distanced ghost walks or drive-through haunted tours might do the trick. If you want to skip the screams altogether, opt for socially distanced apple picking or Halloween crafts instead.
They’re all about the treats
This is pretty much every child’s focus on Halloween! Although collecting piles of candy from neighbours may not be a reality this year, you can take a little inspiration from Easter and have a candy hunt in the house or yard.
If trick-or-treating isn’t too scary in your neighbourhood
As long as you’re following the advice of local medical professionals and they’re saying it’s safe to go trick-or-treating, there are additional things you’ll want to consider before heading out.
- A costume mask isn’t a substitute for a cloth mask that properly covers the mouth and nose.
- Avoid large groups gathering in doorways. Stay 6 feet away from those who are not in your social bubble!
- Bring hand sanitizer along with you and use it often.
- Have your kids wait 3 days before eating their candy (since the virus can last for up 72 hours on plastic surfaces).
- When giving out candy, set out individually wrapped goodie bags on the front porch (instead of handing it out in person).
- Think about the possibility of giving out non-edible treats, like stickers, glow sticks, colourful disposable masks, or miniature toys.
No matter how you decide to celebrate Halloween this year, just keep safety top of mind and you’re sure to have a Spooktacular time!