How to Have a Fun (and Safe!) Halloween

What is supposed to be a lighthearted holiday filled with fun costumes, creative decorations, and spooky stories might look a little different in the year 2020. In the midst of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, many parents are wondering how to keep their children and families safe this Halloween. While many public health officials recommend avoiding typical Halloween parties and trick or treating door-to-door, take a look at some fun ways for you and your family to celebrate this fall holiday.

Here are some creative ways you can celebrate this holiday safely – while still having fun! 

Fall Crafting

Break out the scissors and Krazy Glue – it's time to craft! Spend some extra time with your family this Halloween by creating spooky crafts such as precious paper pumpkinsadorable monster bookmarks, or spooky haunted house paper bags. These fun crafts are sure to keep your kids busy all day long.

Pumpkin Carving Competition 

Try your hand at pumpkin carving with a creepy competition. Select a theme such as classic monsters, movie characters, or toothy grins and see which family member can carve the most creative pumpkin. Don’t forget to scoop out those pumpkin seeds and roast them for a delicious and nutritious snack! 

Spooky Movie Marathon 

What better way to spend a fall holiday than curled up with some spooky movies? Curl up on the couch and watch some films together as a family. You can find kid-friendly Halloween movies here

At-Home Trick or Treating 

For a more classic Halloween, try decorating each door of your house with a different Halloween theme and letting the kids “trick or treat” at each door. Here’s a fun idea: allow the kids to play a harmless “trick” at the end of the night. They’ll always remember “TP-ing” the living room, and a little toilet paper never hurt anyone! 

Virtual Costume Contest 

To celebrate this holiday with your extended friends and family, try organizing a virtual costume contest. Hop on a call with your loved ones and allow everyone a few minutes to show off their creative costumes, then vote on who the winner should be (the only rule is that you can’t vote for yourself!). What a fun way to bring your loved ones together on this strange holiday!