While many people look forward to a fun holiday, activities will be limited due to the pandemic. Don’t fear. Here are some ways you can still enjoy Halloween.
A few years ago, Halloween was a fright-filled holiday with children trick-or-treating in big groups, many of them neighbors or school friends. Adults enjoyed Halloween-themed parties, trick-or-treating with their children, or staying inside watching horror movies and passing out candy.
Of course, there were years when the weather did not permit trick-or-treating. But those years, it was still easy to find enjoyable things to do inside. However, this year, the pandemic puts a bit of a damper on regular Halloween festivities. Still, there are many activities to entertain adults and children on Halloween. Here are some fun ways to celebrate Halloween during the pandemic.
Halloween Activities for Families
Trick-or-Treat with Your Child
Remember the days of trick-or-treating with your friends or your parents? It would be a great idea to give your children the same experience. While the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends avoiding trick-or-treating this year, they know that this activity is not banned worldwide. To avoid spreading the disease, they suggest you keep in mind that the Coronavirus rate and population in your location might affect your local trick-or-treating guidelines. Crowded towns with a high population of at-risk residents will have more restrictions than small towns with fewer at-risk residents.
Universal social distancing measures include wearing masks, staying six feel apart from other families, and washing hands frequently. On Halloween, this might be more difficult because you will be traveling from one house to another, touching candy and not having access to wash your hands. Here are some ways to protect yourselves, your kids, and other families while trick-or-treating far from your house.
- Bring hand sanitizer with you everywhere. Encourage your kids to put more on after every house where you get candy.
- Have your children wait until you get home to eat candy. If they do not agree with this rule, tell them they cannot go trick-or-treating. This way, you will prevent the spread of germs.
- Have your children wear protective masks under their Halloween masks. This will make them more likely to abide by social distancing rules while making it easier for parents to enjoy Halloween with their kids.
Remember that the pandemic does not have to prevent your family from having a good time trick-or-treating. The most important thing is to follow your town’s regulations while making sure that you take any extra precautions you can to reduce the number of Coronavirus cases.
Watch a Family-Friendly Halloween Movie
Staying inside on Halloween might not be your kids’ first choice, but it is the safest way to avoid the pandemic. You can all do something fun such as watching a Halloween movie. However, be mindful of your children’s ages and scare tolerance.
There are many family-friendly movies you and your children can watch together. Some options for five-year-olds include “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” “Casper the Friendly Ghost,” and “Monsters, Inc.” Some options for slightly older children (nine and up) include “Beetlejuice,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Coraline,” “Hocus Pocus,” and “Goosebumps.”
Remember that if you are a parent, you might not think any of these movies are scary. However, years from now, your children will thank you for suggesting them on Halloween. Watching Halloween-themed movies makes a great family Halloween tradition.
Do a Creative Halloween Activity
If your kids get bored during a Halloween with no trick-or-treating, cheer them up by doing something creative. Some activities include decorating the inside of your house, carving pumpkins, baking Halloween cookies, and starting a costume fashion show. Your children will get so involved in these activities that they will forget about trick-or-treating.
To make these activities more fun and help you bond as a family, talk about your favorite types of candy and Halloween movies. When you think about your favorite things, create a Halloween BINGO game out of them. One more creative option is to build a miniature haunted house out of your favorite types of candy.
Encouraging your children to think outside the box for Halloween will be entertaining for everyone. You can give your children the Halloween they deserve while reliving your favorite memories. If you choose to do activities you have never done before, this is a great time to let your inner child go wild.
Halloween Activities for Teenagers and Adults
Host a Movie Night with a Group of Friends
You and your friends might live far away from each other, but the wonders of technology allow you to watch movies and TV shows together when you are far apart. Some classic horror movies to watch on Halloween include “IT,” “Chuckie,” “Carrie,” “Psycho,” “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” and “The Evil Dead.” You can also watch many movies from the beginning of the century on various streaming apps such as Netflix, Hulu, and HBO. Some movies include “Us,” “The Purge,” “When a Stranger Calls,” “Blade,” “Insidious,” and “Paranormal Activity.”
If you do not know much about technology, you might wonder how on Earth you can watch movies with long-distance friends. There are a few ways you can do this. First of all, one of my friends suggested watching a movie at the same time and simultaneously texting each other about it. If you want to learn about a newer way to watch movies with your friends, you can host a Zoom meeting.
If you are getting together with a group of friends to watch a movie in person, a safe way to follow social distancing rules is to hold an outdoor movie night in someone’s backyard. To add to the movie watching experience, prepare snack bags for all your friends. This will allow you and your friends to enjoy quality time together while avoiding physical contact.
Host a Costume Contest
You’re never too old to dress up for Halloween. Why not have a costume contest? Even with social distancing rules, you and your friends can spread out. If you have friends who live far away, they can join your contest on Zoom, FaceTime, or Instagram.
Holding the contest outside would be ideal, as there will be more room for everyone and less of a chance to spread Coronavirus. Some people like to go to cemeteries or into the woods, as they have creepy vibes. However, if you want to take photos outside, you should plan on holding the event during daylight hours. Also, you will still be encouraged to wear masks. So it would be fun to find costumes that already include masks. Just be sure to wear protective masks as well.
When it comes to costume ideas, you do not have to make many rules. However, specific themes could make the contests really interesting. For instance, you and your friends can dress up as anime characters. If you are getting together with some friends from high school, it might be exciting to have a theme from the year or decade you all graduated. No matter what kind of theme you decide to have, you are sure to make a unique statement with your costume.
Tell Horror Stories in the Dark
If you and your friends are feeling creative or just want to give each other a good scare, tell scary stories. To make it really spooky, every speaker can shine a faint light in their face. Also, for dramatic effect, use a voice changer app on your phone.
For extra creativity, make your story a group effort. To avoid awkward gaps while making up the story, each member can write down a few sentences for the story before someone reads it aloud. After the story is written, choose a spooky place where your group can read it. If you choose a dark place, make sure you have a flashlight. Otherwise, make up your story on the spot.
To really spook out your friends, pick out the best place and time to tell your stories. If you feel safe doing so, wait until the trick-or-treaters are all gone. Then tell your stories at a park or in an open field. If you decide to stay inside a house, choose a dark room or a room with Halloween decorations to set the mood.
As you can see, the pandemic and social distancing practices do not have to take all the fun away from your Halloween. During times like these, you just need to be creative and do what you can to keep yourself and others safe and healthy. Can you think of any other Halloween activities that will allow you to abide by social distancing rules?