Helpful Halloween Tips for COVID-19
Halloween is around the corner and we understand many families want to participate in fun activities inspite of COVID-19. Because of that, we wanted to share some fun Halloween tips and suggestions and alternatives from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).
As always families should remember to
- Wear masks
- Stay 6 feet apart from others
- Choose outdoor events over indoor ones
- Go in smaller groups
- Limit the amount of time spent in groups
7 Fun Halloween Alternatives
1. Scavenger Hunt House
Make each room in your home a different theme and have your kids hunt for fun items such as candy, toys, or prizes. Create “coupons” that kids can trade in for fun experiences like staying up late, movie night, getting out of a chore, backyard camp-out, or another creative idea!
2. Pumpkin Carving Contest
Have a pumpkin carving or decorating contest. Show off your skills to friends and neighbors and award prizes for the best ones. Afterwards, bake pumpkin-shaped treats with your kids such as these Rice Crispy Treat Pumpkins!
3. Decorate Face Masks
Decorate cloth face masks to match your kids’ costumes. Doodle on or bedazzle them for decoration and get creative fabric paints, embroidery, or other crafty ideas.
4. Scary Movie Night
Setup a virtual scary movie marathon to watch with friends and family at home. You could print out movie tickets or email them to those who are joining virtually.
5. Neighborhood Costume Parade
Ask your neighbors to help organize a costume parade with a pre-determined route. Mark the sidewalks to help kids stay 6 feet apart. Someone could run a hand sanitizer station and yellow caution tape could be used to guide the kids in the right direction. Use signs to mark routes for different age groups.
6. Individual Grab Bags
Put pre-wrapped candy in individually packaged treat bags. Place the bags far apart from each other on your driveway or porch. You could also hang or clip the bags from festive lights, a fence, or a tree.
● 7. Visit Your Local Pumpkin Patch
Dress up as a family in your costumes and head to a local pumpkin patch or farm to pick out pumpkins. Play Halloween bingo and see who wins first!
If you do decide to do traditional trick-or-treating here are some more Halloween tips to stay safe!
Other Halloween Tips
Think about ways to hand out candy while still maintaining a proper distance from others. For example:
- Line up individually wrapped treats at the end of your driveway or at the edge of your yard. You can watch the kids and costumes go by from a distance.
- Use a plastic slide, a cardboard tube, or a plastic pipe to send candy from a distance.
- Stay close to home.
- Stay with your own family as much as possible and avoid mingling with others.
- Limit how much the time you spend at someone’s door.
- Wait until you get home to eat the candy after you wash your hands.
To read more tips and suggestions from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), click here.