Christina Kay, a mother Of the two, this year is planning to look quite different for Halloween.
For one thing, the popular, historic-home-line trick-or-treating street, where she lives in Charleston, South Carolina, remains dark this season. Halloween parties are canceled, and her children, ages 6 and 3, have been socialized, thanks to the coronovirus epidemic.
Therefore, KI, who runs maternity blog C’mon Mama, is planning an inexpensive, atypical Halloween. The most expensive purchase this year: The Halloween costumes.
Her children will dress up as Captain America and Captain Marvel and go out to their neighborhood for trick-or-treating, but they will evaluate the safety of each stop on a case-by-case basis. Kei is also setting up a candy treasure hunt throughout the house to entertain his children. Will they miss the usual Halloween celebration? Not expected, she says. “Simple things are a lot of fun for them.”
For many families, the usual Halloween parties, trick-or-treat outings, and costume contests are canceled. Novel Coronavirus.
But the good news is to celebrate Halloween, that too at a safe distance. Seattle Children’s Hospital’s pediatrician Drs. “Relatively, Halloween is one of those holidays where there is less risk,” says Mollie Gro. She notes that it is important to avoid situations where you are touching objects that others have touched, are in close contact with people outside your home or are eating in close proximity with your mask.
Instead, creative parents can plan for a scavenger hunt, socially distant Halloween parades and scary photo shoots. Here are some ideas for a socially distant, inexpensive Halloween this year.
- Have a Halloween movie at night.
- Plan a candy hunt.
- Schedule a scary photo shoot.
- Put on a Halloween Parade.
- Cook fall recipes together.
- “Trick” the neighbors.
Read on for more tips on planning each Halloween event.
Organize halloween movie night
Marissa Donley, who calls herself the “bonus mom” of her boyfriend’s 11-year-old son, is planning a socially distant, outdoor movie night for her son and his friends.
Mom based in san diego Backyard games, Will conduct Halloween themed activities and order pizza. The projector she would use was a gift, and she is using a white sheet as an inexpensive screen. Donley, a writer, editor, teacher and founder of Miss Donnelly’s Daily Apple, a home school program, says, “I wanted to be purposeful, like do something fun and we can see it going forward.”
If you have the space, consider mimicking Donley’s idea. Spread 6 feet with different families, with a few blankets and treats, and watch an outdoor movie. If you’re sticking with the immediate family, then choosing a Halloween movie and walking outside for a scary movie night is a great way to enjoy the holiday.
Plan a candy hunt
For a candy-themed treasure hunt, hide candy at home or in your yard. Give the children some clues as to where to start looking, then free them to search. “It’s a hybrid of Easter egg hunt and Halloween candy,” adds.
Consider the treats hidden in rearranged orange, yellow and purple plastic Easter egg peels. Or, if you’re handing out big prizes, hide the miniature pumpkin, which can be redeemed at the end of the hunt, says Kei.
Schedule a scary photo shoot
One of the best parts of Halloween is sharing your creepy costumes, so go ahead and share them with friends and family members.
Adapt yourself and your children and organize photo shoots in a variety of poses and locations. If your older children are somewhat tech-savvy, a scary video montage or music video is another option.
Share the result through friends and family social media Or private email
Put on a halloween parade
Collaborate with your neighbors to schedule the Halloween parade, during which local children walk on the street and show off their costumes. “They get a dress and lets them wear it in front of people, even if they parade in the distance,” Kei says.
Cook fall recipe together
Work on decorating Halloween-themed cookies, baking pies, or making another fall recipe with your children. If grandparents are missing from the Halloween festivities, patch them through one Videoconferencing program, So they can participate in the cooking activity.
Cooking is not just a bonding activity. This is a great way to teach skills, such as following measurements and instructions, Gro says. Children can add complexity by following recipes in a new language, such as Spanish, or learning a traditional family recipe. “There’s a lot of wins about it,” she says.
Keep a small Halloween-themed gift in trick-or-treat with friends and neighbors’ homes, without a note, or by leaving somewhere else. This good-natured prank will surprise your friends, give your children something to plan and allow for social planning.
If sharing a meal seems risky, suggest growing up to leave a little gift or a creepy Halloween statue.