How to Have a Safe Halloween During Covid 19

Monday, October 26, 2020 at 12:00 AM | Posted By: Mira Roberts
How to Have a Safe Halloween During Covid 19

Halloween will look somewhat different this year, as advised by the CDC, to help prevent the spread of Covid 19 in our communities. Choosing to celebrate Halloween differently and with new safety measures in place doesn’t have to steal the fun and joy that you and your family members look forward to all year long.

Many traditional Halloween activities and events are outdoors and can be executed easily with masks and proper distancing. Picking pumpkins, carving and decorating pumpkins and hanging festive decor around your home are all still a go this year. If you have little ones who wait all year for costumes, trick or treating and candy, there are a variety of ways to keep the tradition going, without the risk. Mask up your entire family, choose a few friends to join you in a socially distanced costume parade and plan a candy scavenger hunt around the neighborhood.

Bringing trick or treating into your home won’t be quite the same as walking the neighborhood, but you can make it special and fun with surprises and spooky treats.

Here’s to a safe Halloween for you and your loved ones this year!

Socially Distanced Pumpkin Carving
Pumpkin picking, decorating and carving are still a go this year, especially when done with proper precautions. If visiting a pumpkin patch to pick your pumpkins, make sure to wear a mask and keep your distance from other guests. Once you bring your pumpkin home, you can choose to carve with your immediate family, or to invite a couple of friends from your pod to join you for outdoor carving, at a distance. Set up tables and materials that are spaced 6 feet apart to do your carving and decorating. If children may have a hard time maintaining distance, mask up and keep the fun going.

Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt
Trick or treating does come with risks this year, and you won’t be able to control whether other trick or treaters choose to wear masks or maintain distance. If you and your family plan to avoid trick or treating altogether, you can still engage in a fun neighborhood search for candy. Hide candy around the neighborhood earlier in the day. Make sure to keep track of where you’ve hid your stashes, then take the kids out on a true Halloween Adventure. Wear masks and maintain distance if you approach others out for walks or  exercise, and enjoy an exciting explorers activity that’ll win your little ones loads of treats they love.

Indoor Trick or Treating at Home
Younger children may enjoy bringing trick or treating indoors with a modified experience inside your own home amongst you and your family members only. This is a great option for families who really aren’t comfortable heading outdoors to explore on Halloween afternoon or evening, and will still give you and your little ones the familiar feel of Halloween. Set up stations inside each room of your home, then allow your little one to go room to room knocking and asking for tricks or treats. Reward them with their favorites sweet treats and wrap up with a fun Halloween movie and a pizza dinner they love.

Costume Parade the Block
If dressing up is your favorite part of Halloween, then go for it! Plan to meet up with a small group from your pod, don your masks and organize a small, distanced parade around the block to show off your Halloween style. You can even award prizes to kids and teens with the most creative, spooky or stylish costumes.

Mask Up
No matter what you do, make sure to wear your masks when headed outdoors, and maintain a distance of 6 feet when around others. Many Halloween costumes include a mask, making this easier to accomplish than you may realize. If they don’t, you can get to work designing a fun mask to match this year’s costume to keep the aesthetic going. You’ll not only help to protect yourself and your family members, but other people you may interact with while out and about.

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About the Author

Mira Roberts studied writing at New York University, graduating with a BA in English Literature before pursuing a career in media, marketing and management with PARADE Magazine, Portfolio Magazine, AltDaily, skirt! and lululemon athletica. A full time mother, writing instructor and part-time freelance writer, Mira lives and laughs with her family in Norfolk, VA. 


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