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Safe Alternatives to Trick or Treating This Halloween
The pandemic has certainly changed much in our daily lives and traditions this year. Halloween is no exception to these changes, but we don’t necessarily need to disappoint the kids by avoiding trick or treating at all. All it takes is some thought, creativity, and a bit of ingenuity to come up with some safe alternatives that are sure to bring smiles to the whole family.
Trunk or Treat with the Family
If you have a larger family or extended family you’ve been visiting during the pandemic, ask about setting up trunk or treat activities for the kids. You can have everyone set up a trunk, bag, suitcase, or decorated box filled with candy. Then, the kids can wander around the house or back yard and go from person to person to trick or treat!
While this option may only be suited for larger families, it is definitely a safe alternative that will still be enjoyable for the kids. Put on some fun, spooky music, and decorate the house to spice up the occasion and it’s sure to be a hit.
Throw A Family Halloween Party
If avoiding trick or treating isn't a deal-breaker for your family, throw a themed party. You can make fun, Halloween themed snacks, like mummy-dogs (mummy-decorated pigs in a blanket) or candy apples. You can also bake a ‘brownie graveyard’, ‘cauldron’ cupcakes, or make ghost-shapes cookies. The possibilities are endless!
Switch on some spooky tunes, put on fun Halloween movies, and have everyone dress up for some festive fun and games to keep with the ‘spirit’ of the season.
You could also set up a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt for the kids around the house, like an Easter egg hunt. You can hide caches of candy and clues for your little ones to discover to make for some engaging, All Hallow’s Eve fun!
Look for Socially-Distanced Community Events
Some communities are throwing safe, socially-distanced events for Halloween. Check your neighborhood’s community bulletin, social media, and website to see what’s going on in your area.
Some communities are throwing virtual or socially-distanced costume parties for the kids in front of local clubhouses or activity centers.
Other communities may be offering socially-distanced outdoor movie nights, haunted trails, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and more. Check out this website where you can search by state and pick out a variety of activities in your area.
No matter what alternative to trick or treating you decide on for your family, remember to practice social distancing, wear masks, and use hand sanitizer when you can. While this Halloween will be very different, if we all work together, we can still have safe, family-friendly fun.