Here’s a list of fun ideas to celebrate Halloween while still being safe and socially distancing.
1. Go Big with pumpkin decorating
DECORATE PUMPKINS WITH MEMBERS OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD (AND SHARE ON SOCIAL MEDIA FOR EXTRA FUN) Carving, painting or decorating pumpkins is a great, COVID safe way to celebrate the spookiest night of the year. You can choose a theme or get inspo from Pinterest. Make sure to be safe when carving pumpkins and you can even save and roast the pumpkin seeds for a festive snack.
2. GET CRAZY CREATIVE WITH YOUR CANDY
MAKE A NO-CONTACT CANDY HEDGE (originally posted on Oriental Trading’s blog) Ditch the big bowl of candy and create a hedge filled with candy, instead! It’s super easy to make. Simply use a backdrop frame as your base, then cover it in black creepy cloth and layer garland over the top. Finish it by clipping candy to the garland. Now it’s easy for trick-or-treaters to pick a treat from the candy hedge.
YOU’VE BEEN BOOED DOOR DROPS
Create treat bags with “you’ve been booed” cards and drop them at the doors of friends and neighbors.
HOST A TRUNK OR TREAT
Set up a trunk or treat in your front driveway which allows trick or treaters to safely grab goodies.
SET UP SPOOKY FRONT LAWN/DRIVEWAY TABLES
Use some tables decorated with spooky decorations to set out candy for trick or treaters to grab.
MAKE A SPIDER WEB ON YOUR HOUSE
Stick candy to a spider web that you set up on the side of your house for trick or treaters to safely grab their treats.
3. Spooky, yet socially distanced
Host a zoom Halloween Party
Invite your friends to celebrate by dressing up, grabbing candy and a cocktail and joining you on zoom for a virtual Halloween party. You can keep the party fun and interactive with trivia games, ghost stories and even a virtual costume contest.
Have a Halloween Movie Night with Household Members
This genre includes a variety of films that suit those of all ages. Enjoy candy and popcorn while you have a frightfully fun fear fest.
D0 a Halloween Scavenger Hunt Around Your Neighborhood
Create a spooky scavenger hunt of Halloween themed items for your family and friends to find outside your home. Make sure to hide items far apart for social distancing purposes.
4. GET YOUR COSTUME ON
THROW A COSTUME PARADE
(originally posted on Oriental Trading’s blog https://www.fun365.orientaltrading.com/article/safe-trick-or-treating-ideas)
Practice social distancing while showing off your Halloween costumes with a neighborhood costume parade! Neighbors can team up to provide treats that kids can pick up along the parade path – both sweets and non-candy handouts. Add over the top Halloween yard decor along the parade route to make it extra special for the little ones. Bonus points if the whole family wears costumes for the parade!
DISPLAY YOUR BEST COSTUME PICS ON SOCIAL
Document your Halloween and show off your costume with your friends on social media. Invite your friends and follower to engage with you and your costume by doing short videos, polls and other creative posts.
5. DECK THOSE HAUNTED HALLS
Virtual Haunted House
Showcase your spooky decorations and spin tales of ghoulish ghosts on social media such as Facebook live, YouTube or Instagram TV.
Light it up with luminaries, black lights and other festive lighting
Lanterns and luminaries are those Halloween decorations that should be in any home. You can easily make them by yourself from such things as jars, paper cups, pumpkins, milk jugs, paper bugs and so on. Just not forget to put a tea light, a LED candle or a Christmas light string inside of them