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How to Celebrate Halloween Safely During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Jordan is an English teacher who received her M.Ed as well as her B.A. in creative writing from University of California Riverside.

Halloween might look a little different this year . . .

Halloween might look a little different this year . . .

Pandemic Halloween

Hello ghouls and goblins! Halloween is in the air. As much as we're looking forward to the holiday, there's something standing in the way between us and a treasure trove of tricks and treats, and it's probably the scariest monster of all: COVID-19.

These recommendations from the CDC can help us stay safe.

These recommendations from the CDC can help us stay safe.

Can We Go Trick-or-Treating?

According to Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, trick-or-treating in small groups and staying outdoors is ok. She advises avoiding large groups, crowded areas, and any indoor parties.

Certainly this puts a damper on the idea of hosting a huge Halloween blowout, but at least the kids get to go out with a few friends and score some candy. That's a win!

And of course you can get together with your neighbors and plan a spooky block party with lawn decorations galore. As long as everyone's outdoors and people are able to maintain some distance, you should be able to stay safe.

What Halloween Activities Are Both Fun and Safe?

In addition to trick-or-treating in small groups and staying outside, here are a few suggestions for fun Halloween activities that don't compromise the safety of those involved.

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Pumpkin Carving

Pumpkin-carving contests are a fun way to get the whole family involved! If you have little ones, there are still options. You can let them draw their designs on their pumpkins then carve them yourself, or you can let them decorate with other materials like paints, cotton balls, and prop hats.

Baking and Cooking

Make fun Halloween treats! There are so many creative recipes online for Halloween-themed goodies. Your little ones will love devouring mummy-wrapped hot dogs dipped in ketchup blood (ewwww!) and nibbling on spider marshmallows. But the kids don't have to have all the fun—there are also countless websites where you can learn how to make spooky cocktails.

Watching Scary Movies

For the older crowd, pop some popcorn and mix it with M&Ms or your favorite sweet snack, turn out every light in the house, and watch scary movies! What is more fun than getting the pants scared off of you during a full moon with your favorite people? Not much, if you ask me.

Turn That Frown Upside Down

At the end of the day, we have to live with the facts and accept the world for what it is. This pandemic is not going to last forever, and we should have enough patience and respect to engage in safe practices this Halloween season. If you do decide to go out, avoid crowds and indoor gatherings. This year, instead of razor blades or poison in the candy, we need to watch out for contagions. Sounds easy, right? Yikes!

We are living during a historic time period, so keep that in mind. Don't put too much pressure on yourself, and eat a handful of candy corn. You deserve it!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Jordan Emanuele

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