It’s officially Spooktober, and Halloween is right around the corner! Although the season is spooky, it’s important to remember that the COVID-19 pandemic can be much spookier. Remembering to social distance this Halloweenis more important than ever and could prevent the virus’s further spread. Halloween parties are always one of the most exciting parts of the holiday, and although they may look a little different this year, there are still plenty of ways to get your spook on!
Halloween parties often set the mood for the rest of the night. Although bobbing for apples may not be an option this year, there are still plenty of fun activities to do instead. Planning to have your party in an outdoor space helps promote safe social distancing and allows for a much safer environment all around. Halloween is never complete without pumpkins! Setting up stations for people to carve or decorate a pumpkin is a fun activity that everyone can enjoy even at a safe distance. Along with pumpkin carving, Halloween costumes are the center of attention on this spooktacular holiday. Costumes year after year seem to become more creative, and it doesn’t deserve to go unrecognized. Having an outdoor costume contest can be a fun way to highlight the hard work people put into their costumes this year! The fun doesn’t stop there. Haunted houses are always a fan favorite during the Halloween season. Rather than having a haunted house, transitioning to hosting a haunted woods that require attendees to wear masks is a great way to keep this fun tradition alive. What’s scarier than being chased by a chainsaw man through the woods? Nothing.
From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the CDC has made it known that buffets or other places where food is shared communally are high-risk. With Halloween parties often being one of the most significant times for shared food and candy, it can be challenging to find ways to follow these guidelines. Avoiding buffets is the first step to having a safe food experience at your Halloween party. Setting up pre-made food stations or goodie bags for guests to grab their food quickly helps prevent cross-contamination and is a much safer way to feed your friends. Along with pre-made treats, having your guests write their names on their cups will prevent drinks from being confused and avoids an excessive amount of trash to clean up the next morning. When it comes to trick-or-treating, avoid letting children take handfuls of candy for themselves. Instead, using gloves or tongs to pass out candy can help keep you and others safe.
Plan a drive-by trick or treat
Trick-or-treating is typically the main event of the night for most families. While the kids get dressed up to run frantically from house to house, parents prepare candy for the rest of the neighborhood. Although this beloved activity is what most children look forward to most, the CDC has deemed traditional trick-or-treating without masks as a high-risk activity. Coordinating a neighborhood-wide drive-by trick-or-treat may be a safer alternative that still allows your kids to collect candy while at a safe distance. If you happen to be on the candy-giving end of this event, setting up a station at the end of your driveway can help make things run much more smoothly.