Navigating a Tricky 2020 Halloween
Adding to an already scary year is the idea that we may have to give up some of the classic traditions tied to one of our beloved holidays—Halloween.
But just because Halloween will likely look a little different this year, in light of the lingering COVID-19 pandemic, doesn’t mean we have to give up all together on this spooky night.
With a little creativity and some extra caution, we can still ensure this year’s Halloween, albeit a little different, is still a safe and fun success.
Here are some tips to navigate Halloween 2020:
Opt for remote office Halloween parties/events
Although many of us are still working remotely, we can keep the spirit of Halloween alive in our virtual workplaces.
Pumpkin carving contests, costume competitions, and fortune telling are just some of the activities that employees can enjoy remotely this year. You can also bring a Halloween flair to virtual meetings by adding a spooky background to your screen.
Consider trick-or-treat alternatives
This may not be the year to take your kiddos on a traditional trick-or-treat outing, but thankfully there are plenty of safe alternatives that still incorporate the two most important components of this holiday: candy and costumes.
Have your kids dress up in their spookiest garb for a scavenger hunt (full of treats, of course) around the house or yard. You could also use a Halloween- themed piñata or get plastic glow-in-the-dark eggs to have a Halloween-themed egg hunt around the house or yard.
Get creative with candy distribution
If you still anticipate having some trick-or-treaters this year, it’s time to ditch the communal candy bowl. Instead, set up a candy pick-up station where kids can grab their treats from individually wrapped goodie bags or paper cups.
Host a Halloween movie watch party
You may be avoiding gatherings this year, but that doesn’t mean you have to watch your favorite Halloween classics alone.
Thanks to services such as Teleparty, TwoSeven, and Gaze, it’s never been easier to sync up movies and shows with your friends or family members. This would be a fun activity for a virtual Halloween party—or a great option if you would rather not watch that new horror flick alone.
Keep your home trick-free
Pandemic or not, Halloween is a holiday notorious for spikes in injuries, accidents, and house fires.
Keep the fright to a minimum by ensuring your walkways are clear and fully lit (if you are expecting trick-or-treaters), your pets are restrained, and your jack-o-lanterns or decorations use battery-operated candles or lights.
And if you won’t be handing out candy this year, remember to turn your porchlight off.
Following these tips will help keep the spirit of spooky season alive while protecting yourself and others from unwanted tricks. How are you celebrating Halloween this year?