Ideas & Tips for a Safe, Spooktacular Halloween

How to Have a Socially-Distanced Halloween 

We’re spooked by more than ghouls and goblins this year… with COVID cautions still in place, we’ll have to get EXTRA creative to get Fall festive. Pull these tricks (and treats) out of your bag to ensure this Halloween doesn’t turn too creepy!

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Check out these great alternatives for having a safe, socially-distant, spooktacular holiday!

Socially-distant trick-or-treating – This could be organized a few different ways:

  • Set up a table at the edge of the yard near the sidewalk with pre-packaged candy bundles (think 2-3 pieces of candy wrapped in a rubber band or tied with a piece of yarn) so kids can grab one without touching them all, then sit on the porch or in lawn chairs at least 6 feet away from the table so you get to see the costumes and interact with the kids from a distance.
  • Get creative with your candy distribution method. Ever heard of a candy chute – they’re all the rage this year! What can you assemble to safely hand out candy to trick-or-treaters?
  • Set up a trick-or-treat board in your yard or on your porch. (Think of a giant piece of plywood that you can paint and decorate.) Tape treat bags on the board for all the little witches, vampires and ghosts to grab and go without the need for face-to-face interaction. This is the perfect setup for those at high risk of catching COVID-19 – watch from your Ring doorbell video footage or from your window inside your house! Keep an eye out, as you may need to restock!
  • Hang lollipops from tree limbs or attach individually-wrapped pieces of candy to a tree in your front yard, and create a little sign that reads something like: “Take one if you dare!” Then enjoy the costumes from your porch.

PRO TIP: With the need for social distancing in mind, consider costumes this year that force space between people – Pippi Longstocking, anyone? Or get creative with your face masks and incorporate them into your costume.

Reverse trick-or-treating – Have the kids dress up and hang out in their front yards during designated hours, ask adults to drive slowly around the neighborhood to see the costumes and throw candy in their direction (like a parade!). Go bigger and badder than ever before with the house decorations - enlist your kids’ help to deck out the house, yard and vehicles with Halloween decor to get EVERYONE in the spirit.

Go “ghosting” – Let a friend, family member or neighbor know that you’re thinking about them with a bag of Halloween-themed goodies. Decorate brown or white paper bags (pumpkins and ghosts, maybe?) and fill them with homemade crafts, candy, non-food Halloween treats, and a special note that reads: “Thinking about BOO!” Leave it at the door or on the porch for a special surprise.

Costume contest – Host a virtual costume contest or a socially-distant outdoor event. Rope off a ‘judging area’ in your yard or on your porch for participants to show off their costumes and have your selected judges sit nearby (but at least 6 feet away, of course!) to take notes so they can choose a winner after seeing all entries. Use SignUp’s free tool to have participants sign up for a time slot to avoid a crowd. Make the prize an e-gift card to Amazon or Target that you can send via email.

Costume parade – Organize a walking costume parade with folks in your neighborhood. Designate a time and path so viewers can set up on their porches or lawns to watch. Have each parade participant sign up for their “walking spot” (households can walk together) to manage space between walkers. Dress up your pups and bring them along, too!

Socially-distanced Halloween party – Weather permitting, set up game “stations” in your yard to help with social distancing efforts (designate a corner of the yard for a game of cornhole, set up a safely-spaced hula hooping station for a head-to-head competition, mark off an area for pumpkin carving, etc.). Make sure to provide plenty of hand sanitizer or makeshift hand-washing stations for use after using shared items, and use SignUp to help coordinate guest slots to limit the headcount at any given time.

Halloween scavenger hunt – For a more independent option that still lets the kids run around the neighborhood in their costumes, give them a list of Halloween-themed things to search for, then head out for a walk around the neighborhood to admire the seasonal decorations. Reward them for their efforts with Halloween candy when you get home.

Halloween movie night – Set up a projector or big TV in your backyard and invite a few friends to join you for a socially-distanced movie night. Designate sitting areas that are at least 6 feet apart (more if you plan to watch a scary movie that may result in screaming).

PRO TIP: No matter what type of Halloween fun you decide to have this year, be safe! Be sure to check out the CDC’s advice on Halloween activities so you have all the facts to make an informed decision before making plans.

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