Tips to Have a Fun, Yet Safe, Halloween During COVID

By Brittany Loeffler on October 30, 2020

Well, here we are. We are now officially figuring out how to celebrate Halloween during COVID. While many of us thought things would be back to normal much earlier, we are still taking the necessary precaution to keep ourselves and our neighbors healthy.

You may be wondering how you can still celebrate Halloween during COVID and still stay safe. We have some great tips for you to keep the festivities alive in a safe and healthy manner. Just because there’s a pandemic going on doesn’t mean you can’t have fun and switch out your surgical mask for a scary one.

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Attend Small Gatherings

This year, Halloween parties are not a great idea. We get that you want to be around your friends and family to celebrate this fun holiday, but being in a room full of strangers isn’t the smartest idea at the moment. Instead, stick to smaller gatherings. Get together with people in your inner circle who you know have been staying safe too.

Host a bonfire or another outdoor activity where you can all stay at least 6 feet away from each other to celebrate Halloween during COVID.

Trick or Treating Safely

If you live in a neighborhood where there are a lot of kids, there are some ways for you to stay healthy and safe during the act of trick or treating. We all love seeing little kids in their costumes, so excited to grab a piece of candy. This year, keep your distance and set out your treats for the kids to pick up without coming to your door. While gathering your treats, wrap them individually so the kids are only touching one treat. Make sure to wash your hands before and while setting up your trick or treating station.

Visit a Pumpkin Patch

Outdoor activities have been deemed fairly safe by scientists and doctors during COVID. So, to keep the Halloween spirit alive, take a day and visit a pumpkin patch. Sip on some hot apple cider and enjoy a sweet treat while you search the patch for that perfect pumpkin to take home. Don’t forget to snap a cute pic for your Instagram, too!

Once you finally find that special pumpkin, take it home and get to carving it. This will surely keep your Halloween spirit alive during COVID.

Participate in a Costume Contest

Just because you can’t go out on the town doesn’t mean you can’t dress up in a costume. Host a costume contest with your friends, either in person if it’s a small group or over Zoom. Set guidelines and requirements for people to abide by when choosing their costumes. You can choose a theme, like literary characters or puns, or that they must incorporate certain props. To make things even more interesting, have everyone pitch in $5 so that the winner can have a prize to take home.

Watch a Scary Movie Marathon

Who doesn’t like a scary movie during Halloween? Stream your favorite Halloween movies, scary or classic, with your friends over Zoom or in a group chat. This is great for those who enjoy talking during movies and those who just like to watch. After the movie, enjoy some apple cider and candy while talking about the movies.

Play Halloween Trivia

Host a virtual trivia game specifically about Halloween. Have people submit trivia facts about Halloween movies, the history of the holiday, or fun candy facts. Have one point person put the game together and host it in a silly costume over Zoom. There are bound to be some great laughs, especially if you and your friends are of a competitive nature.

Stay Home If You Aren’t Feeling Well

While you may love Halloween and celebrating it with your friends, if you aren’t feeling well, it’s best to sit the celebrations out this year. If you’re experiencing a cough or fever, keep your neighbors safe and stay home until you are feeling better.

Halloween will always be around next year. It’s more important to stay safe and keep others healthy and safe rather than going out for one night.

Halloween Is Still On

Just because there is a pandemic going on, doesn’t mean you can’t have a great time celebrating Halloween during COVID. This year, though, we just have to take some extra precautions. While we can’t celebrate the holiday as we did in past years, we can still get into the spooky season spirit with small gatherings, pumpkin picking, hosting a virtual costume contest, trivia game, or movie marathon.

The safest way to celebrate Halloween is to keep social distancing, wear your mask, and wash your hands. If you aren’t feeling well, it’s best to just stay home. Halloween will come around again next year, don’t worry!

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