Tuesday September 29, 2020
Halloween has always been about safe but scary fun. This year, however, the rise of COVID-19 has left a lot of people worried that it will be scarier than ever, so much so that many have declared this year’s Halloween to be cancelled. It doesn’t necessarily have to be that way, but this is definitely not going to be your typical celebration.
Here are some ideas on how to celebrate Halloween safely in 2020:
- Trick-or-Treating — The biggest concern this year is with trick-or-treating. There are a few things you can do to make it safer. First, only trick-or-treat at homes that you know. Make sure that you wear a surgical mask to protect you in addition to whatever costume you might be wearing. (Bonus points if you can incorporate the mask into your costume.) Also make sure to keep plenty of hand sanitizer with you and use it regularly after each stop.
- Distributing Candy — If you are giving out candy on Halloween, you might want to consider doing so from a distance. You can either sit out on your porch and wave to people as they enter your yard and pick up their candy from a table or blanket in the yard. Your neighborhood can also promote a “drive-up” trick-or-treating activity. If you do hand out your own candy, be sure to wear a mask and use plenty of hand sanitizer.
- Alternatives — If you don’t want to risk trick-or-treating, then there are plenty of alternatives you can do with your family. One such option is to have a family “scary” movie night. For younger kids, try something like “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” or “Frankenweenie.” For the teens, try a classic like the original “Dracula” or “Psycho.” You can also do these remotely with family in other areas using Zoom.
Halloween should be about scary fun, not just scary. This year, with COVID-19, you need to do some planning to decide what type of activities you are most comfortable with and what is best for your family.