Due to COVID-19, this Halloween will look much different than years past. As Halloween quickly approaches and with no sign that the virus will be going away anytime soon, you will need to find safe alternatives to your favorite activities.
Favorite traditions like visiting haunted houses and going out to see the latest scary movie at a theater won’t be possible this year. Even passing out candy to the neighborhood kids may not be the safest idea in the midst of a global pandemic.
But that doesn’t mean that you can’t still celebrate the holiday. You’ll want to make sure that you take all the necessary precautions to ensure that you, your family, and those around you are safe this spooky season.
Here are some safe Halloween activities to do without compromising on fun.
1. Classic Pumpkin Carving/Painting
One of Halloween’s oldest traditions is carving and decorating pumpkins and this is one common activity that can be done even during a pandemic. Gather your family or roommates and get to carving!
2. Virtual Costume Contest
One activity that many people look forward to participating in each year is costume contests. Thanks to developments in technology, we can now do almost anything virtually. Set up a Zoom or Skype call with your friends or family and show off your best costume. With Zoom, you can even create a poll to vote on who is wearing the best costume.
3. Socially-Distant Trunk-or-Treat
Another popular tradition that can be accommodated for 2020 is trunk-or-treat. Each friend or family can deck out their trunk in spooky decorations. You can also have a theme such as decorating a trunk after their favorite scary movie. Find any empty parking lot and bask in the Halloween fun while practicing socially distancing!
4. Scary Movie Marathon
One of my personal favorite traditions from Halloween is having an excuse to watch all my favorite scary movies.
Because scary movies aren’t so fun to watch alone, you can use services such as Netflix Party to watch the movies with your friends without anyone needing to leave their house.
If you’re not into jump scares and gore, there are plenty of Halloween movies that are more fun than they are scary.
5. Face Mask Decorating
What better way to keep yourself safe and get in the Halloween spirit than to decorate face masks? There are endless possibilities for spooky face masks that you can make such as a vampire, a Jack-o-lantern, or a skeleton.
6. Drive-Thru Haunted House
One activity that has been getting a lot of buzz lately is drive-thru haunted houses and forests. This contact-free way of getting into the spirit is a great way to spend the Halloween season if you’re the adrenaline-junky type.
It’s clear that this year’s festivities won’t be quite the same as years past. But it is important that we find ways for ourselves and our families to hold on to some sense of normalcy while still keeping ourselves and others at low risk from contracting the coronavirus.