How to Halloween During Covid

By Holly Bieler
Updated on 12. Oct. 2020

Enjoy all your favorite treats this Halloween without overindulging.

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Almost everything has changed this year in the midst of the pandemic, and Halloween 2020 is shaping up to be no different. With social distancing guidelines still in place across the country and cases going up in many hotspots as we near October 31, standard Halloween fare like trick-or-treating with friends or large Halloween parties are now largely impossible, to say nothing of the potential danger they present. However with the right prep and precautions, a fun and safe Halloween for people of all ages is more than possible. Below, our tips on having a safe and festive Halloween this year.

Have an augmented trick-or-treat.

In a recent update to their guidelines, the CDC listed traditional trick-or-treating as a “high risk” activity. However experts say that if infection rates are low in your area, with the right precautions your family can engage in something of an augmented trick-or-treating this year at moderate risk. The most important change will be that treats need to be distributed without contact, available in baskets outside so trick-or-treaters don’t have to engage with each homeowner. You should also make sure everyone in your family wears masks obviously, and maintains a 6 foot distance from all other trick-or-treaters. And of course, make sure to use common sense. If the streets are too packed in your area to adhere to social distancing guidelines, it might be a better idea to stay home. 

Organize zoom-friendly Halloween activities in your child’s class.

Just because your child’s classroom is virtual doesn’t mean they should miss out on Halloween celebrations. Reach out to your child’s teacher and see if they’re open to including a couple simple activities on Halloween to celebrate the occasion, like a virtual costume fashion show or a cooking class. 

Have a scary movie night.

As always in the time of covid, staying home is still the safest way to enjoy Halloween this year. Why not make the best of it and turn your living room into a haunted screening room? Celebrate the season by dedicating the last week of Halloween to your favorite horror movies, with some of our favorite Halloween treats included. It’s a safe and fun way to get your goosebumps in without leaving the house.

If you’re in the mood to be a little extra and the weather permits, you can even set up a movie night outside. You can get projectors for as low as $40 online, then simply set up a sheet outside. If you have a few friends are comfortable socially distancing near, invite them over an have everyone bring their own blankets and snacks for a separate-but-together outdoor viewing night.

Host a socially-distanced spooky campfire.

One of our favorite ideas for an outdoor Halloween is an oldie but a goodie-- the campfire Halloween story. Get a few friends together you feel comfortable socially-distancing with and set up a campfire in a yard or park area that permits it. Bring hotdogs, hot cocoa and your other favorite campfire treats and take turns telling your spookiest story. If you can’t trick-or-treat, this is another great way for your kids to show off their costumes to their friends.

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