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Halloween is Not Cancelled: How to Celebrate Safely During COVID-19

Halloween is less than a month away and we know what’s on your mind: “How will my child have a safe and fun holiday this year?” Don’t despair; Halloween is not cancelled. With a little planning, this Halloween could be your family’s best one yet!

First off, let’s go over basic safety. You’ve heard it a million times: wear a mask. That still applies on Halloween. Truly, Halloween is the perfect holiday for masks – many kids wear masks on Halloween every year! This year, we just need to be a little extra creative with them.

Regular Halloween masks are not recommended for COVID protection. While they may be cute, they just don’t hold up for preventing the spread of illnesses.

Instead, try revamping your usual face mask! Buy a face mask that goes with the theme of your costumes or decorate the face masks you have at home. Your little vampire can have vampire teeth on their mask, your kitten can have whiskers, and your princess can have princess lips!

This year, you may need to pull a few tricks to give out some treats. While the usual doorstep-style trick-or-treating is not recommended, there are many other fun options to choose from.

Bring out your true Alaskan fisherman by tying bags of candy to the end of your fishing line. Most fishing rods are over six feet. Bonus – you can wear your waders as a fisherman costume!

Or you could try making a candy slide out of wrapping paper tubes or PVC piping. Decorate your tube however you like and slide your candy to your trick-or-treaters from a safe six feet away!

For an easy night of candy-giving, leave colorful bags of candy spaced out on your porch or lawn. Trick-or-treaters can grab their candy from a safe six feet, and you can say hi from your porch or from the warmth of your home.

No matter what option you choose, there are a few important rules to follow:

  1. Only use pre-packaged candy – no homemade treats this year.
  2. Wash your hands before handling the candy and wear a mask while handling.
  3. Stay six feet away from others.
  4. Wear a mask while distributing candy.

Of course, if you don’t want trick-or-treaters coming by, that’s fine too! Just turn off your porch lights, arrange some pumpkins in between your door and the sidewalk, or make a sign.

For trick-or-treaters, it’s important to remember to wear a mask, sanitize your hands often, and wash your hands when you return home. You may also consider sanitizing the packaging of your child’s treats. While the CDC holiday guidelines state that there’s no evidence that handling food or eating is linked with spreading COVID-19, it’s still possible that people can get COVID-19 by touching an object that has the virus on it and then touching their mouth, nose, or eyes. You can sanitize by using a disinfecting or rubbing alcohol wipe on the packaging. Just remember not to let these cleaning chemicals come into direct contact with anything you or your child will eat.

The CDC says the safest way to celebrate Halloween this year is to celebrate at home with only the people in your household. We know, this sounds dull. But staying at home doesn’t have to be boring! There are dozens of at-home ways to make Halloween pop.

Food lover? Try hosting a creepy feast! Make your favorite creepy Halloween recipes for a family dinner that is sure to fright. Our favorites are these Bloodshot Deviled Eyeballs, Snakes and Soup, and the No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Brain.

For those who aren’t a chef, you could instead try doing a candy taste-test. With all the limited-edition candies that come out around Halloween, this is sure to be a hit.

What about a Halloween Easter egg hunt? You can easily transform the Easter eggs you already have at home into monsters and goblins. All you need is some permanent markers, or some art supplies if you want to get ✨crafty ✨.

Not into crafting? Turn your regular Easter eggs into glowing Easter eggs by stuffing them with mini glow sticks. Wait until the sun sets and you can have a ghoulish Easter egg hunt at home!

If these just don’t seem big enough, you can turn your home into an all-out Halloween party! Start saving your toilet paper rolls now to make mini Halloween mummy piñatas. Get your kids and teens excited over this easy and grossly fun Eyeball Dig game. Use toilet paper or white streamers to have a mummified gunny-sack race. Or try any of these other 40 Halloween party games.

Many kids are excited to spend the Halloween holiday with their friends. However, we need to be as careful this Halloween as we are every other day during the pandemic. COVID-19 does not take the holiday off.

Instead of participating in gatherings, encourage your kids to do socially distanced Halloween activities. To show off their costume, they can get dressed up and ride bikes in costume by their friends’ houses. Or they can do a virtual costume contest. Up the ante by having each kid or family chip in $1 and then vote on their favorite costume. The winner gets the money!

Instead of visiting grandma’s house to show off costumes, give her a FaceTime or Zoom call. Or better yet – take some photos and send them as postcards!

Movies are also still a great option. Arrange a virtual movie night with friends. Use Zoom to watch a movie together or take advantage of the Netflix Party extension.

What better way to make this Halloween amazing than to make it last all week?! Lead up to Halloween by picking seven movies from this list and watching one each night on the week of Halloween with your kids or teens. Make it extra special by making an easy Halloween treat or drink each night to accompany your movies.

If you’re trying to avoid all that candy and TV, then get your kids excited with crafts! Once or twice a week, make one of these easy Halloween crafts. You can slowly decorate your house more and more as a lead up to Halloween. Then, when the holiday finally comes, your kids will be absolutely pumped!

You could also stay in costume all week! Put those old Halloween costumes to good use by getting dressed up for a walk, a grocery run, or for Zoom class during the week leading up to Halloween. Your fellow grocery shoppers will love it.

We hope these ideas, tips, and tricks helped you to feel good about Halloween 2020. We know the idea of celebrating Halloween during a pandemic is daunting. Many kids are distraught over the idea of not having their usual Halloween activities. But you can still create amazing Halloween memories without the usual social activities – all it takes is a little planning and creativity.

And remember, COVID-19 is temporary. This will not be your child’s last opportunity to celebrate Halloween.

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