Celebrate a pandemic Halloween II

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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.

Do a Halloween Door Drop

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.

Trick or Treat in Reverse

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!

Attend a Trunk-or-TreatAn organized event usually held in a school or church parking lot, trunk-or-treating entails decorated vehicles, and kids go trick-or-treating from car to car. You can host this in your neighborhood, too, with neighbors setting up trunk displays in the driveway and passing out candy. Note: Consider having designated adults (who commit to applying hand sanitizer) give out the candy rather than encourage lots of little hands to reach inside the bowl. Check the Internet or Party City for trunk-or-treat ideas.Set up a Costume/Bicycle Parades Set up a bicycle or costume Halloween parades with your neighbors. With the former, costume wearers take to the street as a catwalk to show off their costumes and hand out and collect candy. People also decorate bikes, wagons, golf carts and cars to show off their looks! Make sure they march while socially distanced. Parents can play music, blow bubbles or wave glow sticks

Have a Neighborhood Decorating Contest

if your community goes all out in decorating, tour the neighborhood to check out one another’s handiwork. It can be like looking at Christmas lights, but with Halloween decor. Families can check out the decorations while driving around, or they can take a socially distanced walk to see it all. Social media tools like Facebook or NextDoor could even be used to vote on the best decorations.Try Out a Drive-Thru Haunted House Haunted houses will certainly look different this year, too. But drive-through, contact-free community Halloween experiences are making headlines. Or create your own haunted circular driveway for folks to drive slowly through.

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.


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