COVID-Friendly Halloween: Trick-or-Treating Tips, Home Celebrations, and Costume Ideas
Halloween is just around the corner, and like everything else in 2020, it’s going to look different this year. Each family needs to make the best decision for themselves about how to celebrate, but here are some tips to keep you safe while having fun.
TRICK OR TREATING
The CDC lists traditional trick-or-treating as a “high risk” activity. However, by minimizing contact it’s reduced to a “moderate risk.” Here are some creative no-contact ways to hand out candy this year.
While contact with packaged food isn’t a huge risk for coronavirus, setting out a large bowl of candy for kids to dig through means more and more germs in the bowl. Use this cute idea to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters while maintaining a safe distance. Janice Van Dyke used this idea one year when she wasn’t home for the trick-or-treaters, and it’s a perfect COVID solution! Use yarn to make your own web and clothespins to attach the candy, or buy a pre-made giant web from a retailer. Hershey’s also has a DIY tutorial for a similar idea!
Still want to see all the cute little goblins in their costumes? Then hand out candy from a distance with a candy chute! Make one out of PVC pipe, a cardboard tube, or a piece of gutter. Just make sure it’s at least 6 feet long!
You don’t have to make things overly complicated. Just set out individual bags (or hang them from a board or rope) and replenish them between visitors.
Mark a spot on your sidewalk for trick-or-treaters to wait. Toss the candy and have them catch it in their bag.
Staying home this year doesn’t have to be boring! Here’s how to make it special for your kids.
Give your child extra-wild “Halloween hair” with these ideas:
Candy or Scavenger Hunt
Just because they’re not trick-or-treating doesn’t mean they miss out on their favorite part of the holiday. Hide candy around the house for them to find, or take it to the next level with a scavenger hunt.
Jack-o-lanterns never last until Halloween before rotting, anyway. Save your carving until the day of.
Make Fun Treats (or Turn it Into a Baking Contest)
Find some cute or spooky Halloween-themed treats and make them together. If you’ve got older kids, you can even do a friendly family “Nailed It”-style baking competition and let your friends on social media choose the winner. You could even compete with another family that’s in their own home and compare your results!
Do traditional games and activities like bobbing for apples, decorating caramel apples, potato sack races…here’s a great list of 40 to choose from!
This weird season is rife with relevant costume opportunities. But, let’s try to keep it clean and classy. Here’s a cute one you can DIY:
Hand Sanitizer Costume
And if you just want a costume idea that can easily incorporate a cloth or medical face mask (note the CDC recommends AGAINST wearing a Halloween mask over a protective mask, and warns that Halloween masks do not provide adequate protection against respiratory illnesses), here is a great list!