Halloween is right around the corner, guys! Unfortunately, Covid is still putting a damper on a lot of things in the world today. But, I am excited to tell you, it doesn’t have to cancel Halloween! I am always grateful when the holiday falls on a weekend because I feel like my kids get to enjoy the fun of it without having to worry about going to bed early for school. Halloween night is always a lot of fun for my family and I was worried it would have to be one more thing that needed to be cancelled so I could keep my kiddos safe. I have been trying to brainstorm with other parents to see how we can spare our kiddos the disappointment of not being able to enjoy the night. While we will definitely need to make some tweaks to ensure everyone is staying safe, I think it can be done! I have listed some ideas below that could be a great way to celebrate the night at a safe distance from everyone else. Hopefully one of these ideas might work for you and your family, too!
Wear a Mask
We have been practicing for this night for the last several months. Since masks are required right now in this crazy world, you might as well have some fun with it. Have your children pick out a costume that has a face mask this year. It will help them stay safe and have some fun while doing it. You should grab a fun one for yourself, too!
Have a Costume Parade
Have all the neighborhood kiddos dress up in their costumes and have a parade. This is a easy way to keep the kids spaced out from one another and not touching since they will be in a line. At the end of the parade you could have treat bags set out for them that they can easily grab.
Throw a Zoom Party
Grab your device and log onto Zoom with family and friends. Make sure everyone is dressed up and ready to hang out for the night! Each family could take turns reading a Halloween story, telling some jokes or scary stories. This is a great way for the kids to see other people while staying safe at home.
Boo Bags With Your Neighbors
If you have never heard of a boo bag, this year would be a great time to start them! Neighbors join in and put together small treat bags for one house on the block. Drop the bags on the front porch with a note that says you have been “Boood” and instructions to keep the game going. Kids love coming out in the morning to a fun surprise and also love putting together bags to surprise someone else!
Make a Candy Shoot
I have seen people posting about how they are going to make a long shoot that will dispense candy! I think this is such an awesome and creative idea that would allow the kids to still go from house to house to trick or treat. I have heard the shoots can be made for about $20, so it wouldn’t be a huge investment. If you want instructions on how to make one, just google “Candy shoot for Halloween” and pick out the article or video that looks best to you!
Have a Spaced Out Trunk or Treat
Trunk or treat has always been a favorite of ours. Have a group of cars get together that are decked out in fun Halloween decor and loaded with yummy candy or treats to give out. The kids can walk from car to car in small socially distanced groups and still get to grab some candy and see fun decor. We like to blast some fun Halloween music and dress up, too!
Throw a Party At Home- Just You Guys
If you want to play it super careful, throw a party at home for just you and your family. Build a fun blanket fort, turn off the lights, make popcorn and throw on your favorite Halloween movie. You could also have a candy treasure hunt so the kids are still getting to snack on some delicious chocolate throughout the night!