As many of us across the country begin to plan our fall and winter holiday celebrations, and with Halloween just a week away, it’s time to consider how to safely celebrate holidays during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The pandemic has truly tested our patience and proven how important it is to be cautious and considerate of others in every aspect of our lives. Whether it be how we work, how we shop, or how we socialize– we’ve all had to change the way we approach every day, and the upcoming holiday season is no exception.
As we can expect that Halloween will look and feel very different than it has in the past, now more than ever it’s vital to practice Halloween safety tips for October 31st. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses.” No need to fret, though – there are several other ways to celebrate beggar’s night safely this year. If you’re looking for a solution on how to have a safe Halloween with your little ones this year, we’ve got you covered.
How to celebrate Halloween during COVID-19
Virtual Costume Party.
Halloween costume parties are a go-to event during the spooky season of October. However, with the second wave of COVID-19 hitting us, it’s not the best option to stop the spread of the virus. Instead, you could still dress up and check out what your friends are wearing this year by hosting a virtual costume party event. Although video chat isn’t quite the same as a face-to-face event, it’s become a new way for us all to communicate with our loved ones, no matter the occasion. With Halloween right around the corner, an online Halloween costume party is a great way to coordinate a fun night that connects households.
For the little ones, beggar’s night is a highlight of childhood filled with candy and magic. However, with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, normal trick or treating isn’t the safest option right now. Fortunately, there are two ways that could capture their attention that is a bit safer.
The first, by coordinating with family, friends, and neighbors – you could have the candy brought to your little ones, instead of heading out with them to seek out candy. The children can still get dressed up and stand outside their homes as others drive by and toss out candy. This not only allows kids to get the candy they crave on beggar’s night, but it also enables them to get dressed up in the costumes they’ve been dying to wear.
A second option you may be able to coordinate is a more traditional trunk-or-treating. This event can easily be made socially distant if held within a parking lot or event space.Invite people you know to come hand out candy from their decorated vehicle. Whichever way you choose, be sure to bring hand sanitizer, and wear a mask!
Halloween Movie Marathon.
When it comes to Halloween season, there is a plethora of spooky movies to choose from, for all ages and fear tolerance levels. Of course, you can watch as many movies as you please throughout the month or do a movie-a-thon on beggar’s night.
Trick or treat night is a fun time to cruise by your neighbors and check out their decorations. If you usually get to view other’s decorations, while out with your children on beggar’s night, you can still enjoy the scene by driving past them this year. Additionally, if your neighborhood isn’t particularly lit up, you can always do some local online searching to see if there are any ‘frightening’ sights worth seeing near you.
The Bottom Line.
The COVID-19 pandemic has led all of us into a world filled with uncertainty, forcing us to get used to a new kind of normal. When it comes to Halloween during COVID-19, now more than ever, it’s imperative to practice safety first. Although these tips and tricks is rather different than what we’re used to in years