‘Trick or Tip’: How to Stay Safe While Celebrating Halloween During a Pandemic – PART 1

“Halloween is going to look very different this year.” We’ve all heard this statement many times over the last month or so, followed by the reminder that Halloween isn’t canceled. COVID-19 has affected us all in many ways. One way has been testing people’s imaginations. Some are coming up with creative ways to incorporate trick-or-treating in a safe manner, while others are trying to find alternatives to their annual Halloween party. With it falling on a Saturday this year, the typical Halloween celebrations that need to be either altered dramatically, or cancelled altogether is hitting harder than expected. In the last few weeks there have been many articles coming out with tips on how to safely celebrate Halloween at home this year. We’ve compiled some of our favorites, as well as some suggestions of our own.

Alexis Morillo at Delish has compiled a series of fun ways to safely celebrate Halloween at home this year. One great idea is a Halloween candy taste test. Trick-or-treating may be out of the question, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still gorge on Halloween goodies. Stock up on the traditional favorites, like mini-sized chocolate bars, gummies and candy corn. But also pick up some of the new treats they have in stores, like glow-in-the-dark chocolates and green KitKats. Have everyone in your household try each one and vote on your favorites while indulging in a scary movie marathon. Check out Alexis Morillo’s article for her suggestions of classic Halloween scares.

Another great activity is also a classic—pumpkin carving. Most households tend to do this activity ahead of time, either to get them into the Halloween spirit, or to get it out of the way so that it’s ready for the big day. Since Halloween is on a Saturday this year, why not make this classic activity part of day’s celebrations. Carve your pumpkin in the morning while listening to Halloween-themed music, then bake pumpkin seeds in the afternoon.

There are also tons of indoor activities to take part in, from making Halloween crafts to face painting. If you still want to take part in traditional trick-or-treating, make sure to do so in a safe manner. Alexis Morillo’s article provides some suggestions of unique ways to deliver candy, like a candy chute. Alternatively, you could go “ghosting”. This isn’t a new tradition, but it’s one that works perfectly with our limitations this year. What you do is make up a goodie bag with Halloween-themed treats and leave them on your friend’s and family’s doorsteps with a note to encourage them to “ghost” someone else. You can read more from Alexis Morillo’s article here.

Continue reading PART 2 of our investigation into safe Halloween practices.