Ok, yes, chocolate is a better word to describe my pandemic experience, but Halloween and candy and Halloween and masks go together. You would think everyone would be tired of eating candy and wearing masks, but Halloween is here, and it’s going to be a weird one. So how will you and your little goblins cope safely this year? Here are a few tips.
Trick or treating will make it difficult to social distance. Kids crowded around candy bowls and parents congregating in the street is a new version of a horror movie. But let’s get creative this year.
- Decorate your house for Halloween. Your theme should depend on what your children are interested in. Don’t make it too scary or graphic for little ones. If other houses in your area are going to decorate, you can put together a Halloween walking trail for people you know or even strangers in the neighborhood, if they can walk at a socially-distanced length.
- Build one of those giant candy chutes that spits candy out at a trick-or-treater. Just be aware of how quickly candy shoots out and how much of an audience your invention will draw.
- Create small gift bags and leave them out for kids to pick up. While this avoids any grubby little hands in your candy bowl, it could get expensive. And make sure they are all exactly the same to avoid witches and superheroes touching and examining each one.
But what if you want to avoid any risk of exposure. The only real alternative is to stay home and turn the lights off. If you choose to do that, you can still have a fun Halloween.
- Fill a piñata with favorite candies. This also avoids having candy in the house that no one really likes. Personally, mine would be full of Reeses Peanut Butter Cups.
- Pull the blinds and have a movie night. Age-appropriate Halloween movies do exist.
- Have a virtual Zoom party with a costume contest and themed games. And then wonder why you didn’t buy stock in Zoom 7 months ago.
- Create an Easter egg hunt-inspired Halloween candy party in your house. Just like with Easter, vary the difficulty of finding the candy depending on the ages of the kids.
- Go one step beyond a traditional egg hunt, and plan a full-on treasure hunt for candy. This will mean less candy, but loads more fun family time.
If you do decide to venture out on Halloween, please remember your Friday the 13th Halloween mask may not be enough to keep you safe. Please see the CDC’s guidelines for a safe Halloween at this link.
Happy Halloween to all of you!