How to Celebrate Halloween During a Pandemic

5 Safe Alternatives to Trick-or-Treating 

Fall is in the air and Halloween is right around the corner! Unfortunately, the costumes and movies aren’t the scariest thing this year. COVID-19 is still a prominent obstacle in daily life, so it’s understandable for parents to be concerned about their children trick-or-treating safely.  

Some communities are attempting a socially distanced trick-or-treat system by putting tables of candy left at the end of their driveway alongside hand sanitizer. 

If you’d rather celebrate Halloween from the comfort of your own home and not risk exposure, here are 5 ways to get spooky while staying safe.  
pumpkin carving two jack-o-lanterns on picnic table

1.Pumpkin Carving 

It’s a classic! Grab some pumpkins, big or small, and get creative. If you don’t want to actually carve with sharp objects, just use paint or markers instead. There are plenty of websites that offer free stencils, like this one 

2. Halloween Scavenger Hunt 

This is a great way to get out of the house and into the great outdoors without worrying about proximity. Create a fun, Halloween-themed scavenger hunt in your yard! You can also take a page out of an Easter classic and have a candy hunt in place of an easter egg hunt.  

3. Halloween Game Night 

A toilet paper mummy race, pin the spider on the web, pumpkin bowling, the possibilities for a ghoulish game night are endless. Check out these kid-friendly Halloween games to keep the party going all night long.  

4. Halloween Movie Marathon 

Grab some popcorn, your favorite candy, and turn off all the lights! Streaming services offer plenty of Halloween classics to watch as a family.  

family sitting on couch watching scary halloween movies eating popcorn

5. Virtual Halloween Party  

Send out some invites to friends and family and hop on a Zoom call to show off your costumes, share ghost stories, and play games together. Add in a costume contest at the end of the night and create festive backgrounds for your video-chat.  

Our very own Oceanside 2 Family Success Center is giving out Halloween Party kits to families which include party favors, decor, candy, a treat, and a craft for the family to create together!