Halloween 2020-Style

October 12, 2020

This has been a challenging year for the kids. There’s a lot that they have missed - spring sports, time with friends, summer travel, in-person learning... The list goes on, but the kids have been incredibly resilient and have been adjusting to life during a pandemic! Now with Halloween right around the corner, how do we  adhere to the guidelines issued by the CDC but still keep the spirit of the holiday alive?

The CDC has advised against traditional trick-or-treating this year since it is considered one of the higher risk activities but rather than eliminate it completely, we can get creative and still stay within the parameters health experts have advised of social distancing, masking and hand-washing / sanitizing.  

Below is a list of activities that preserves the spirit of Halloween yet still allows us to keep safe during these crazy times:

Halloween Scavenger Party:  Get your neighbors involved and host a scavenger hunt where the kids are given a list of Halloween-themed items to look for, draw, or procure while they are outdoors. Click on the image below to download this free, printable scavenger hunt!

ZoLi Halloween Scavenger Hunt

One-Way Trick or Treating:  Rather than have kids walk up to the house, ring the doorbell, and have treats handed to them; have individually bagged/wrapped goodie bags ready to go at the end of the driveway or the edge of your yard with some sanitizer ready.  Having the treats individually bagged / wrapped makes it easier to wipe down once at home.

Trick or Treat Goodie Bags

Trunk or Treat Twist:  Instead of taking this to the parking lot or a local church, you can do this at the end of your driveway.  Go all out and decorate your truck, have bagged treats easily accessible as grab and go with some sanitizer.  This should also be a one-way trick-or-treating to avoid back and forth interaction.

Quarantine Trunk or Treat

Outdoor Pumpkin Carving Party:  Host an outdoor pumpkin carving party at a safe distance with a small group of friends.  Carving pumpkins can get messy so why not move this activity outside and spread out.  Cleanup will be so much easier!

COVID pumpkin carving

Decorate! Decorate! Decorate!:  Any excuse to go big and go wild.  

Halloween Decorations

 Halloween BOO:  This is a perfect socially-distanced Halloween game where a "secret friend" drops off goodies / treats without direct interaction.  To start one in your neighborhood, you just need to print out the poem and sign for each BOO on your list (usually 3 - 5) , assemble a treat bag / basket, and secretly drop off the basket at your friends doorstep.  Then sit back and watch as BOO signs start proliferating throughout your neighborhood.

Halloween Boo Tradition

Even though the above activities are within the low to mid-risk, make sure that continue to follow the following to limit the potential for spread and keep everyone safe: 

  • Maintain social distance from people not in your “bubble”
  • Make sure you still wear protective face covering - costume mask is not a substitute for a protective face mask.  Your mask should to two or more layers of fabric and fits snugly around your mouth and nose.
  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and water or if that is not available, use hand sanitizer.
  • Outdoor is safer than indoors.
  • Do not participate in any in-person activity or hand out candy to trick or treaters if you are sick, have Covid-19 or have been exposed to someone with a confirmed case of Covid-19.

I know my kids are still excited about celebrating Halloween and looking forward to that sugar high from all the Halloween candy so we will definitely be engaging in the one-way trick-or-treat.  How are you planning on celebrating Halloween safely this year?  

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