It’s that spooky time of year again! Halloween is taking place this weekend and while safety is always a priority, there are a few extra precautions to take this year. Many parents are considering whether to allow their children to go traditional trick-or-treating because of the safety concerns surrounding COVID-19. While health officials are recommending different guidelines based on the region you live in, many families and communities are making an extra effort to give kids a sense of normalcy. Even though things will look different, we can still have a lot of fun!
Here are a few tips to have an enjoyable and memorable Halloween:
HAND OUT CANDY SAFELY
There are many creative ways to hand out candy this year! Here are just a few:
- Candy chute: Get a long cardboard tube or PVC piping and create a “chute” that goes from your porch down to the driveway for kids to collect their candy. Some houses even have chutes coming from their second story windows!
- Distancing objects: Just like many drive-thru restaurants have adapted to distancing measures, you can also hand out candy at a distance. Incorporate your Halloween costume into the candy distribution process by dressing up as a hockey player and using a hockey stick or as a witch and use a witch’s broom or cauldron paddle to ensure everyone is maintaining a safe distance.
- Candy bags: Setup a table at the end of your driveway with bags of candy that kids can grab on their own or you can hand them out with tongs
- Hide candy in your yard: Incorporate candy into your Halloween decorations to allow trick or treaters to stay distant while searching for their loot
There are some precautions you should take to remain safe while door-to-door trick-or-treating this Halloween:
- Make sure you and your kids wear a mask to cover your nose, mouth and chin. You can make it part of your costume!
- Only go out with members of your household and try to keep your distance from others
- Don’t congregate or linger at doorsteps and remember to line up two metres/6 feet apart if you are waiting for candy
- Avoid high-touch surfaces and objects, such as railings and doorbells
- Many organizations have set up drive thru trick-or-treating events where vehicles drive by and volunteers hand out candy. Some events even include scavenger hunts for some added fun!
CELEBRATE AT HOME
Normal door-to-door trick-or-treating may not be in the plans for your family this year and that’s okay! If you are celebrating Halloween at home, here are a few ideas:
- Virtual Halloween party: Dress up and meet all your friends online. Candy is a must!
- Carve pumpkins: Take some extra time and get creative with your pumpkin carving this year. You can even show them off at your virtual party!
- Dance party: Turn up the Monster Mash or Thriller and have a dance party in costume!
- Candy Hunt: Organize a candy or scavenger hunt with your household.
- Movie Night: Turn on Netflix or Amazon Prime, turn down the lights and watch your favourite scary Halloween movie
- Decorate your front lawn: Even if you aren’t handing out candy, it’s always fun to decorate your house for Halloween. You can also go for a walk and give your children a list of Halloween-themed things to look for while walking around your neighbourhood.
Whatever you and your family plan to do this Halloween, remember to stay as safe as possible and follow the guidelines set out by public health. We can all work together and have a safe and memorable day. Happy Halloween from Erb Transport!
Do you have some fun ideas to celebrate Halloween this year? Share with us in the comments!