Tips for a COVID-safe Halloween

Two people dressed up as ghosts both holding bags for candy

Once a year, the fun of dressing up in costumes is combined with the sweet joy of free candy — it’s little wonder why kids love Halloween so much! Of course, with social distancing advised across the U.S., many parents are worried about more than ghosts and ghouls. But don’t fret! There are plenty of ways to have a safe, fun Halloween with your kids:

Throw a costume parade

Last Halloween, many neighborhoods hosted costume parades to give kids the chance to celebrate. These outdoor gatherings feature all the fun of trick-or-treating, without crowding trick-or-treaters onto doorsteps. Have kids parade 6-feet apart and create a contactless way of passing out candy as they march past. You could even offer extra prizes for the most creative costumes! Take a look at these CDC Halloween recommendations, and be sure to consult the latest social distancing guidelines in your area while planning such an event.

Two children dressed up as mummies

Creative candy delivery

Creating a contact-free method to get trick-or-treaters candy can be a great (and fun) design challenge. Maybe you make a display of bagged candy, incorporating spooky yard decorations! Or grab the kids’ mini car track and create a candy slide! If crafting is your strong suit, this is the perfect chance to wow neighbors and create a safe environment for kids to get their sweets!

Fun and frights at home

If staying home is what you’re most comfortable with, you don’t have to sacrifice the fun and energy of the holiday! Board games, scary movies and treats can make for a nice evening, but there are ways to really scare up the Halloween spirit. Consider a costumed photoshoot with your kids, so they can show off their spooky styles. You could even dim the lights and throw a dance party for your household — featuring your favorite Halloween jams!

Adult and two small children carving pumpkins together

With a little imagination, you can create a spooky and memorable experience for your family. Have a safe and happy Halloween!

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