If you can believe it, Halloween is near.  And as with most celebrations during COVID-19, parents are at a loss for how to make Halloween fun and safe.

Avoiding large gathering is still important this Halloween, so here are some creative ways to still celebrate and enjoy Halloween while limiting how many people you encounter.

  • Design your own costumes. Be creative.  Many families benefit from the pandemic are spending more time together.  Let kids pick out their costumes and help design a matching mask to wear.
  • Make fall recipes as a family. Give kids the opportunity to pick a recipe and make it together.
  • Trick-or-treat around the house. This is a great, literally close-to-home option for those not venturing out on the 31st.  Have kids find hidden candy.  Turn off the lights and give the kids a flashlight.
  • Go on a BINGO hike. Look for things together on the trail and check off an item on the card when you see it.
  • Decorate for your neighbors. Now’s the time to be neighborly – safety, of course.  Make Halloween drawings or a greeting card for a friend or neighbor.  You get to do something kind for a neighbor and work on a project as a family.
  • Get outside. Experts advise parents to do as many activities outdoors as possible to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Avoid going in other homes even if they are friends and family; keep trick or treating an outdoor activity.  If you do go over other people’s houses, after you visit each individual house, keep the hand sanitizer ready and available.  Also, if you are handing out treats, its best to give them outside preferably by one person rather than having many children reaching in and grabbing treats.
  • Opt for socially distant games. The classics never go out of style!  Games such as cornhole and Halloween Hopscotch involve lots of rotation and activity, which are easier to socially distance.
  • Throw a neighborhood parade. This is a classic and fun way for kids to show off their awesome costumes.  Be sure to wear masks, keep six feet apart and pack lots of sanitizer.
  • Create candy bags for trick-or-treaters. Ok, lets just cut to the case here – kids go gaga for goody bags.  Why not create a bunch of them with your family to safety distribute on Halloween, instead of holding out a big candy bowl?  Avoiding large pots of candy as you’ll have too many grubby fingers in one place.  Alternatively, you can leave small individual bags of candy that the kids can pick up on their own.  (Hopefully, they’ll be very considerate and just take one bag each!)