How to Celebrate Halloween Safely during COVID-19
The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted life on every level—is Halloween its next victim?
It’s a question that’s scaring Halloween lovers all over the globe, but with the proper precautions, Halloween can still be a frightfully fun day for the entire family.
Trick-or-treating is safe again
Hordes of kids reaching germy hands into a communal basket of treats are so 2019. This year, keep it safe by setting up individually-wrapped treats on your front porch with a sign instructing kids to take one. If you’d like to hand out treats in person, it’s best to wear a face-covering over your nose and mouth—or, just choose a costume with a mask. At the end of the night, disinfect doorknobs, doorbells, buzzers, outdoor railings, and any other surfaces that might have been touched by dozens of trick-or-treaters.
If you plan on taking your kids trick-and-treating around the neighborhood, follow these tips to keep everyone safe:
- Stick with family.
- Keep groups small.
- Mask up.
- Keep face-to-face interactions to a minimum.
- Sanitize often.
Crowded indoor parties are out, but with a bit of creativity, you can still celebrate Halloween with friends. Here’s how:
- Choose an outdoor venue, such as a local park, and invite your friends to your Quadrant-een bash.
- Have everyone bring along their Halloween costumes, comfortable lawn chairs, hot autumn beverages, and individual party bags, or packaged treats, in their trunks.
- At the party, have everyone park so the trunk of every car is in full view. Set up the chairs at safe distances and let everyone show off their costumes.
- Pop open the trunks for “trunk-or-treating,” corona-style!
According to the CDC, anyone who’s been diagnosed with COVID-19 and has not met the criteria for when it is safe to be near others, currently has symptoms of COVID-19, is waiting for COVID-19 test results, may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days or is considered high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should not attend any in-person holiday celebrations this year.
If you need to keep things virtual, you can still get into the Halloween spirit! Hook up with some friends for a frightfully fun Halloween party that’s perfectly socially-distanced.
First, plan a menu and décor together so you can each recreate the same party in your own homes. For décor, you can go all out and decorate your living room walls with fake blood. Or, you can take the easy way out and choose a Halloween-themed background from Zoom, such as a haunted house, graveyard, or pumpkin patch.
Next, create a virtual program. Hosting your party online makes it easy to keep things super-fun.
You can host a virtual costume contest, play a Halloween-themed virtual game like Monster Hunter or War of the Wizards, enjoy a Halloween movie marathon, or indulge in some old-fashioned ghost-storytelling.
Before the party, drop off a “scare” package of Halloween spooks and treats at each of your virtual guests’ doorsteps.
Be sure to send an official invite for the party to each of your friends. It may just be the best Halloween party ever!
Deck the yard
Halloween plans might look a little different this year, but there are no rules against having the scariest yard in the neighborhood! Go all out this year and decorate your yard with the most frightful décor you can find.
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How will you be celebrating Halloween this year? Tell us about it in the comments.