It’s no surprise that Halloween is going to look a bit different this year. Though certainly not the “norm”, trick-or-treaters and costume-goers are getting creative for this spooktastic holiday. While we are used to running in to large crowds throughout the neighborhood and hands digging in the candy bowl, there are many low-contact ways that allow for a safe, yet fun, Halloween.
Here are a few of our favorite ideas to help you stay socially distant this October 31st.
#1 – Get creative with your mask
Since you may be around multiple people, keep them and you protected by wearing a mask. Don’t be shy to have some fun with it! Match it with your costume or make it a crafting project to create one all your own. You may even be able to find a funky Halloween mask online. Check out our holiday mask collection on ResidentLocal.com for unique and affordable options! Some costumes may even call for gloves- great for extra precaution.
#2- Create and maintain distance
To help put some distance between you and eager trick-or-treaters, place a table at your candy-giving spot with the bowl at the other end. This will create a safe space away from visitors but still allow you to interact and greet your guests. From here, you'll also be able to regulate that one family safely approaches at a time.
#3- Plan a Halloween parade
Organize or join a community costume parade through the neighborhood. Both kids and adults will be able to show off their costumes and say hi to neighbors and friends, all while staying six feet apart! Dress up your pets too! To make the parade route extra exciting, encourage your block to go all out on Halloween yard décor.
#4- Trick-or-Treat at home
Decorate each room in your house or apartment with a different theme or design; cobwebs, pumpkins, ghosts, superheroes, whatever it is, make it awesome! Set buckets of candy in the rooms so you or your kids can trick-or-treat from room to room instead of house-to-house. Why not throw on some Halloween music to add to the festivities?
#5- Host a virtual costume party
Select a video-chat system like Zoom or Google Hangouts to host your virtual costume party and share the link with your friends and family! Encourage everyone to dress up and bring their favorite drinks and snacks. Play music, games, carve pumpkins, or even stream a scary movie to watch together.
No matter how you choose to celebrate Halloween, don’t forget to follow guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Happy Halloween!