Halloween as We Know It
I know that Halloween 2020 looks much different than in years past, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun! We always love to go to the pumpkin patch to pick the perfect pumpkin and check out our local community fall festival or Trunk or Treat. These are always so much fun for the family and offer a lot of different fall activities for the kids.
There are a lot of different ways that Halloween can still be celebrated safely during a pandemic, and our children can still enjoy trick-or-treating Covid-19 style. I do not know about your children, but my two love the idea of Halloween, dressing up, and most of all — candy. Thankfully, a lot of the Halloween activities are outside, and outside is a much safer place to be than inside.
Tips for Celebrating Halloween 2020 Covid-19 Style
- Get together with some friends in your neighborhood and have a Halloween parade! Encourage your neighbors and their children to participate by planning a time that you can socially distance and parade around the neighborhood to show off costumes and have fun!
- Set up a Halloween block party on your street or cul-de-sac while observing social distancing. This will allow adults and children to visit and have fun before the festivities begin.
- Try a Halloween scavenger hunt (similar to an Easter egg hunt.) Hide candy in your yard before trick-or-treating and let the adventures begin!
- Make it a craft day! Luckily, this year Halloween falls on a Saturday. Grab a couple of close friends and some plain masks. Let your children be creative and use their imagination to decorate. Make it fun!
- Get creative in picking out or designing the perfect costume. Talk with your children ahead of time and pick out a costume that is fun and be creative.
Tips for Trick-or-Treating Covid-19 Style
I have included a few tips below that will be helpful for your 2020 trick-or-treating adventure:
- Check on your neighborhood’s trick-or-treating schedule and make sure to follow the guidelines for timing.
- Trick-or-treat with a small group of friends that you’ve been around in the past two weeks.
- Try and stick to your own neighborhood or local community to prevent interaction with others that is unnecessary. Make sure to visit your neighbors you haven’t seen in a while!
- Wear gloves when passing out candy. This will help to prevent the spread of germs from your hands to the candy wrappers.
- Ask children to line up their baskets on the porch. This way you can drop the candy in the children’s baskets from a safe distance.
- Try and sit outside and prepare for trick-or-treaters. This is a safe environment and will alleviate them having to ring the doorbell, while also allowing for social distancing. Try and avoid leaving a basket on your porch, as this will require children sticking their hands in the basket.
- Use hand sanitizer between houses if this makes you more comfortable.
- When you get home, wipe down the candy wrappers with a Lysol wipe and wash hands.
As always, try and maintain your social distance from others and remember to be safe and have fun! Halloween 2020 will be great!
What are you and your children planning on dressing up as this year? Leave your comments below!