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Quaranteen-O’ween

Halloween hasn’t ghosted us yet. It’s still on the calendar. Halloween candy is hitting the shelves. And Spirit Halloween is opening stores. But we’re still in the midst of a pandemic, and so it should come as little surprise that Halloween celebrations and trick-or-treating will look different this year—just as Easter egg hunts did in April. Here are some ideas on how to celebrate Halloween during COVID-19.

DECORATE YOUR HOUSE TO THE MAX

Channel your Christmas decorating spirit and celebrate Halloween with pumpkins and lights and other spooky sights. Pick up black, orange, and white lights. Cut out black cats and witches hats from construction paper and find some pumpkins for the porch. Once it hit September 1st, I pulled out all of our fall decor and it changed the mood of the house, and the whole family!

SET UP A CANDY GRAVEYARD

I got this idea from Oriental Trading! The concept is extra cool because your yard gets decked out for Halloween and 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.

HOST ZOOM COSTUME PARTIES AND PUMPKIN-CARVING CONTESTS

Host a Halloween-themed costume or dance party on Zoom for friends and family. Create a spooktacular playlist for everyone to shake their boo things to, and have attendees show off their costumes on camera. You can also gather remotely to decorate and carve pumpkins safely from your own homes.

ATTEND A TRUNK-OR-TREAT

Trunk-or-treating is one of the trends buzzing this year in terms of socially distant trick-or-treat substitutes. An organised 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. TIP: Consider having designated adults (who commit to applying hand sanitizer) give out the candy / rather than encourage lots of little hands to reach htno inside the bowl.

HAVE A HALLOWEEN MOVIE MARATHON

Toss some candy corn in your popcorn and get ready for spooky stories! Anything from “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” to “Halloween,” you’re the best judge on the level of terror your family can handle. These are some of our favorites!

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