While this year has certainly been one for the books, it doesn’t mean Halloween has to be canceled because of COVID. Trick or treating may not look the same this year, but with a little creativity, we can make new traditions with our families.
It may be hard for kids to understand why they cannot celebrate in normal Halloween celebrations, which is why parents are scrambling to figure out how to celebrate Halloween safely so their kids don’t feel like they’re missing out. But if this year has taught us anything, it’s how to make lemonade out of lemons.
This guide on Halloween during a pandemic was created for parents looking to make a memorable experience for their children, without losing the fun!
You’ve Been Booed!
You’ve been booed is an exciting game to play with your neighbors, all while social distancing! Start the chain by making a Halloween care package for your neighbor, with instructions on how to keep the game going. For example:
- Enjoy your treats!
- Place a ‘We’ve Been Booed!’ sign on your front door or window.
- Make a copy of these instructions and include them in your care package.
- Secretly deliver to a neighbor who hasn’t been booed yet!
Balloon Trick or Treat
Make the most out of Halloween this year with a socially distanced trick or treating experience. This is an affordable and easy to do project kids of all ages can participate in. All you need are white, orange, and green balloons and a black sharpie marker to draw ghosts, pumpkins, and zombies on them. Use a black curling ribbon that is weighed down by a full-sized candy bar, and that’s it!
Dress the kids up as chefs and supervise as they make sugar cookies and decorate them! Or if you’re like me, and want to avoid a mess in the kitchen, prepare the cookies yourself and have the kids decorate them. My Babysense video monitor makes cooking in the kitchen easier because I can still keep an eye on my kids, wherever in the house they might be.
Pumpkin Carving & Decorating
Carving pumpkins is a classic Halloween activity! Older kids love being able to carve a pumpkin to whatever character they please. This activity may not be suitable for younger kids or toddlers, so while you and your older kids are carving pumpkins, use your Babysense video monitor to rest assured that they are safely enjoying themselves elsewhere in the home.
There are countless Halloween games you can play without socializing outside your home. From pin the spider on the web, spooky ghost bowling, playing hide and seek, a scavenger hunt, a candy-filled Halloween pinata, and making Halloween sensory boxes together, Halloween during COVID is a great opportunity to create forever traditions with your family.