If your family celebrates Halloween, you may be wondering how to have fun and stay safe this October. Due to the pandemic, many Halloween activities like large parties, parades, and neighborhood trick-or-treating are unsafe and will increase the chance of contracting COVID-19.
Although some kids may be disappointed by these changes, there are other ways to have fun this year. With some creativity and small adjustments to traditional Halloween activities, there are many things you can do so your kids don’t lose out on the fun of this spooky celebration.
Safe Activities for the Whole Family
Host Virtual Celebrations
Plan virtual costume contests and parties. Invite friends and family to join online to show off and rate each other’s costumes. Invite your child’s friends to participate in a spooky sing-along or dance party via Webcam.
Host a virtual pumpkin-carving or pumpkin-painting contest. You can have friends carve their pumpkin at home and then send in photos of their creations. Post an album of all of the pumpkins and vote on the most creative pumpkin.
Create a Quarantine-O-Ween Scavenger Hunt
Instead of going neighbor to neighbor for trick-or-treating, have your kids trick-or-treat at home. You can have a family “Eerie Egg Hunt” by hiding treats in the house. For older kids, you can hide clues for a spooky scavenger hunt.
Get Crafty Together
Help your kids make Halloween decorations like construction paper silhouettes to hang in the windows and paper chains to wrap around the mailbox. Call neighbors and ask if they want to hold a contest for the best homemade decorations.
Bake Halloween-themed treats together as a family. You can frost cookies to look like bats or spiderwebs, and peel tangerines and garnish with mint to look like pumpkins. Mix sweet and healthy options together.
Spend Time with the Family
Plan a scary (or not-so-scary) movie night with your family. You can have your child pick a theme for the movie night based on their costume or simply watch classic Halloween movies. To make sure that your selections are age-appropriate, check commonsensemedia.org
Host a Halloween-themed reading night. Many libraries offer curbside pick up during COVID-19 so you can reserve favorite Halloween books or spooky stories. Help your child build a fort in the living room and bring flashlights to read books together.
These new changes to your Halloween celebration don’t mean that there won’t be a lot of fun this year, and it can be a chance to begin new traditions that can be continued for years to come.
Have a safe and happy Halloween!