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Halloween Ideas for COVID {Easy Ways to Celebrate Halloween During the Pandemic}

Thinking about how to celebrate this halloween during COVID? You’re not alone! Here are some easy ways to celebrate the holiday while staying safe.

Just because we’re in a pandemic, that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate our favorite holidays.

Common sense says, however, that trick or treating during COVID simply isn’t a smart idea.

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So how do you give your kids the fun of Halloween while staying safe?

Here are some ideas to consider:

CDC Guidelines for Halloween

Per the CDC, many Halloween traditions can be high risk for transmitting the virus. While everyone still wants to have fun and enjoy the holiday, safety should be at the top of everyone’s list.

Obviously, if you or someone in your household has been exposed to COVID, it’s best to self-quarantine, as usual.

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These lower risk activities can be safe alternatives:

  • Carving or decorating pumpkins (real or fake) with members of your household. You can then display them on your porch or windowsill. Here’s one pumpkin decorating idea to try.

  • Take the pumpkin carving or decorating outside and make it a neighborhood activity (keeping a safe distance between families, of course)

  • Decorating your windows with Halloween and fall type decorations. If your neighbors participate, it can be fun to do a “Halloween walk” and look at everyone’s decorations!

  • Doing a Halloween or fall scavenger hunt where children are given lists of Halloween-themed things to look for while they walk outdoors from house to house admiring Halloween decorations at a distance

  • Having a neighborhood parade where all the kids dress up and walk along the street or around the block

  • Having a Halloween movie night with people you live with (we love to do this and serve fun, snack and appetizer type foods, like these fall dessert ideas)

  • Hiding candy in your own yard and letting your kids search for it (kind of like an Easter egg hunt but with Halloween candy). Depending on the weather where you live and how long the candy sits out, it may be best to avoid chocolate for this activity!
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High Risk Halloween Activities

  • Participating in traditional trick-or-treating where children go door to door and candy is given out

  • Trunk or treat events where kids go car to car to receive treats

  • Attending costume parties held indoors (or outdoors in large groups)

  • Going to an indoor haunted house where people may be crowded together and screaming

  • Going on hayrides or tractor rides with people who are not in your household

Obviously, we all want our kids to enjoy Halloween this year as much as possible.

As for me and my family, we’ll participate in some sort of outdoor, socially distanced activity with neighbors, and then celebrate with a Halloween-themed movie night and snacks!

What is your family’s plan this Halloween?

What other safe ideas can you add to this list?

Be sure to head here to find more of our fall crafts, recipes, and DIY ideas!

Thanks so much for reading all about our Halloween Ideas for COVID {Easy Ways to Celebrate Halloween During the Pandemic}.

Have a lovely day!