Halloween And COVID – Tips To Safely Celebrate With Your Child

There’s lots of opinions about whether or not you should trick or treat this upcoming October as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the new health order, “Door to door trick-or-treating is not recommended because it can be very difficult to maintain proper social distancing on porches and at front doors, ensure that everyone answering or coming to the door is appropriately masked to prevent disease spread, and because sharing food is risky.” Regardless of what you decide to do, here are some tips to safely celebrate Halloween with your child.

Go All Out With Decorations
• Stringing lights with fake spider webs always sets the Halloween mood. If you go big, you could get a fog machine and have hours of entertainment in or outside. Or have each of your family members carve a pumpkin and then compete with your neighbors!

Grab and Go Bags
• Individually bag treats and leave them on a table on your driveway for children to take as they walk by. Make sure to replenish between visits and keep an eye on little ghouls who want to take more than their share!

Hang Treats
• Using nearby trees or fences on your property will give trick or treaters a great way to pick up candy while remaining socially distant.

Scavenger Hunt In The Dark
• Some parents plan on purchasing treats ahead of time and hiding them around the house for a scavenger hunt in the dark. To make it more interesting, hide clues to keep the anticipation high!

Decorate Leftover Easter Eggs
• Decorate easter eggs with scary faces or decals. Fill the eggs with candy and hide them outside or around the house. If you stuff them with glow sticks, you can even turn out the lights or search the yard at night for eerie, glowing eggs.

Monster Movie Night
• While haunted houses may not be recommended, you can screen Halloween-themed movies indoors or out if you have a projector and a screen or some other blank surface. Adjust the amount of “scare” to fit your family!

“Boo” Someone – With Kindness
• Wrap up a Halloween treat, drop it at a neighbor or friend’s door, ring the bell and run like crazy. Check out the website beenbooed.com for some ideas how to spread some Halloween holiday cheer.

If your child is going to eat sugary foods, we recommend reading our previous blog on how to have a Healthy Halloween (Link to https://drbakerchambliss.com/healthy-halloween/). However, if you plan to celebrate this Halloween, we hope that you will stay safe during this time.

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