Since the coronavirus has changed so many things in our lives this year, it’s not surprising that Halloween will be quite different. Check out this post, Celebrate a Pandemic Halloween II, for ideas of how to observe the holiday safely.
Skip the door-to-door trick-or-treating and deliver Halloween goody baskets to your closest family or friends instead. The baskets can include items like glow sticks, silly glasses, favorite candies or crafts for kids. You could even do a themed basket with popcorn, movie theater-style boxes of candy and a spooky DVD or a gift card to purchase a movie from a streaming service. The gifts don’t have to be extravagant, and you can make a small list of people who’ll receive them. The idea is just to create a simple surprise that brightens the Halloween season for the ones you wish you could celebrate with.
“Boo” or “Ghost” Your Friends or Neighbors
Spread anonymous cheer by dropping a Halloween goody bag or pumpkin on the doorsteps of friends and loved ones as a contact-free way to celebrate. This usually works by sneaking to your boo-ing subjects home after dark, ringing the doorbell, leaving the treats on their doorstep and running!
Set up a Trick-or-Treat Driveway Table
Get rid of the traditional communal Halloween candy bowl and have adults set up decorated tables or booths in their front yards where they can hand out individual bags or cups of candy. This keeps contact to a minimum while also still showcasing decorations and hauntingly good personality.
Get the kids all decked out in their costume of choice and hang out with them in the front yard as neighbors walk or drive by and toss out candy!
rick or Treat Drive-By
Take a ride on over to visit friends and family in costume! Honk, text or shout upon arrival, and deliver some treats or tricks in costume to your favorite folks!
Drive Up Trick or Treat
Neighbors set up curbside shops as parents drive up with their favorite costumed characters to scoop up the sweets and treats! Keep the hand sanitizer handy, and keep on the look-out for official trick-or-treat safehouses!
“Yeet” the Treats
Embrace the millennial dictionary this Halloween and learn a new word that all the cool kids know… YEET! This trendy new lingo means to throw (something) forcefully in a specified direction. So, huddle with the neighborhood beforehand and get everyone on board to Yeet the Treats! Reminiscent of those nostalgic days gone by where parade floats threw out candy to kids who patiently stood by. This time, homeowners will yeet candy from 6 feet away as costumed kids travel safely up and down sidewalks.
Set up a Candy Graveyard
This gives kids a way to social distance while trick-or-treating in it. Set up fake tombstones in your yard with prizes and candy piled up next to each tombstone. You could have each kid enter the graveyard one at a time and package up candy and prizes into individual treat bags for extra safety.
Set up a Neighborhood Candy Hunt
A trick or treat treasure map can point to all the goodies, or just let the close neighbor kids run wild and discover strategically placed stashes of sweets! Make sure to lay the ground rules to keep social distancing guidelines in place!
Have a Neighborhood Decorating Contest
Head to a Drive-In Theater for Halloween Movies
Drive-in theaters have made a major comeback during the pandemic. See if you have a drive-in near you. Many plan to screen Halloween movies and host socially distant activities.
While it’s true that Halloween won’t be “normal” this year, there are so many ways to update existing traditions and experience the joy of the holiday. With a little creativity, the spookiest day of the year can still be an exciting celebration that brings families, friends and neighbors together, even while they’re standing at least six feet apart. Enjoy!
Check out my post “Celebrate a Pandemic Halloween I” for more ideas.