Halloween festivities are going to be a little different this year because of COVID-19. Many of our favorite celebrations involve large groups of people like fall festivals, trick-or-treating, and school carnivals. This year, families should take significant precautions when it comes to traditional Halloween celebrations. “But how can we have a Happy Halloween and stay safe,” you may ask.
Staying at home and forgoing these usual activities can be a bummer, but there are plenty of ways to celebrate Halloween safely in 2020 and still have all the spooky fun!
Here are our Top 5 Ways to Celebrate Halloween Safely at Home:
1. Have a Halloween Movie Marathon
One of everyone’s favorite things to do when staying home is watching tv or movies. So, why not spend this Halloween in and have a spooky movie marathon with your loved ones. Watching movies together can get everyone in a festive mood! Make the evening even more fun by serving delicious Halloween treats, like the recipes we provide in our next tip. Our staff shared some of their favorite kid-friendly Halloween movies below:
2. Make Spooky Treats
Add some fun and nourish your body this Halloween by making delicious spooky treats with the whole family. This can be as simple as our Spooky Apple Monster recipe, or it can be more elaborate, like making treat bags to give out to friends and family. Don’t forget to remind your little ones to wash their hands before handling any food. If you plan to share Halloween treats with people outside your household, we suggest as a further precaution to wear gloves for each task. Try out our other Halloween tasty treats like these Jack-O-Lantern Stuffed Peppers and Veggie Skeletons.
3. Ghost Your Friends and Family
One way to show your friends and family that you care is to ghost them. Sounds weird, right? Unlike leaving someone hanging on a text message, ghosting your friends and family on Halloween is like ringing the doorbell and then ditching. First, make them a fun spooky basket filled with Halloween goodies and treats. Second, drop it off their door, ring the doorbell, and run back to your car. Everyone stays at a safe distance celebrating the holiday in a fun new way. Be sure to wash your hands and sanitize everything before making the basket to prevent spreading germs [ link to germs playlist]. Below is an example of a spooky basket that you and your child can make for your friends and family:
4. Get Crafty with Pumpkins
Carving a pumpkin is a common tradition for most families on Halloween. Luckily, it’s easy to do right in your own home! A basic jack-o-lantern face is a classic, but you can also find simple templates online to try something new. An adult should always be present to help the little ones as they take on this spooky fun task. Once you've finished carving your pumpkins, put a candle inside to light it once it gets dark so that everyone can see your spooky creation.
Another way to decorate pumpkins is to paint them instead of carving them. Painting a pumpkin is safer and simpler for young children. They can also use their imagination to create beautiful paintings. If you are worried about the mess, place a trash bag or newspaper on the ground, and create outside. If painting is not an option, another cool idea is to use stickers instead. You can find affordable Halloween stickers at stores like Hobby Lobby or even at the Dollar store.
5. Ghost Photoshoot
If you have the app Tik Tok, you may have seen the app's ghost pictures trending. If you haven't seen it, all you do is put a white sheet over yourself, cut holes for eyes, or wear sunglasses. Then, take pictures in your spooky outfit doing everyday things like reading or just simply walking. This DIY photoshoot is so easy that you can even do it with your pets, like in the picture below:
Although Halloween won’t be quite the same this year, we hope our tips will help make your Halloween a spooky and memorable event. Just remember that staying at home is the safest option. However, if you are considering going trick or treating, check out our last blog post with 7 Ways to Safely Trick-or-Treat During COVID-19. Happy Halloween!
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