In a sense, 2020 will be a perfect Halloween. The holiday is Saturday, which is a full moon (specifically, “Blue Moon”, an event that occurs only once every two years).
But it’s not surprising that Halloween will look much different in 2020. As the incidence of coronavirus increases in parts of the country and social distance measures are still in place, many are thinking about the health of themselves and others, thinking about ways to celebrate.
This is a Halloween idea from families across the country to keep your holidays creepy by wearing masks, disinfecting frequently, and practicing social distance while staying safe.
Shift the trick or treat to a grab and go case.
This year’s door-to-door trick or treat could be table-to-table instead. In Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, 39-year-old Dana Armstrong and her neighbors put a table outdoors, on the edge of a driveway, or in front of a house and grab a candy for kids to grab as they pass by. I recommend spreading it up. A similar concept is emerging in the vicinity of Chicago. After discussing with her husband, 40-year-old Sarah Barr said she would go out wearing a mask with her 10-year-old daughter and a small group of friends and her parents. Houses where the table looks like a subway platform during rush hour, or where people don’t wear masks, “keep moving!” Barr said.
In Washington, 45-year-old Veronica Jimenez adds a twist to trick-or-treat by taking children for a walk in the neighborhood and becoming a candy dispenser.
“For every decorated house we see, I give them some candies,” she said. “It was a simple idea of how I would not only make them happy, but also keep them safe.”
Focus on family time.
Last Halloween, Yvonne Valdes and her husband went to Disney World with their children, now 5 and 3 years old. This year, Valdes turned to Pinterest for inspiration to decorate Miami’s backyard.
“I’m thinking of setting up a scavenger hunt for Halloween sweets and a small bag of sweets,” Valdes said. They try pumpkin sculptures, then spend the night making cupcakes and watching their favorite holiday movies like “Hotel Transylvania.”
Creativity is also booming in other Miami homes. Elisa Douglas, 44, changed her outfit to the challenge of a family of her husband and two children (10 and 12). “I thought,’Let’s make our own costumes,'” he collects odds and ends from around the house to his family. The agenda also includes pizza, baking, and 80’s movies.
“In a way I was lucky because my kids love to stay home,” she said.
Turn your pod into Halloweentown.
Unless it snows in Minneapolis, Tiffany Tomlin Curts, 43, and her neighbors will be hosting an outdoor party. A candy hunt that glows in the dark for kids, a bonfire for adults, and a Halloween flick with an outdoor projector.
In Atlanta, Maggie, Garrett Mock, and the parents of another friend came together to come up with a “progressive party” Covid-19 style after the kids wrote a letter claiming more than a backyard Halloween party. ..
“Each house distributes candies, but we also host a little extra activity to make up for the limited stops,” Mock said. From one stop, such as a pizza or pinata, to a backyard dance party, a story of ghosts around a bonfire, and, of course, an outdoor projector with scary movies.
“I think it’s fun for kids to say about how this strange holiday will take place, and parents can be creative and enjoy the festive fun on their own.” Said Mock.