The first big holiday event of fall/winter, and my favorite one, is almost here: Halloween. So the big question is to trick-or-treat or not? The CDC advices against the traditional trick-or-treating and with that in mind I compiled what I consider the best ideas I found online to help you enjoy Halloween in whatever setting you choose to do.
- Halloween Glow in the Dark Egg Hunting – decorate easter plastic eggs and spread them in your front yard. Kids can come and look for eggs while keeping their distance. Want to make it a nicer experience? A Candy Graveyard!
- Trick-Or-Treat Driveway Table – avoid big crowds and hands into the traditional bowl, by decorating a table in the driveway. Paper cups/bags filled with candy that are individually collected into the child’s bag and recycled at their home. Balloons serve for extra distance from the table and you can add marks in the floor to create a socially distant line to the table. Oriental trading has thematic table kits for your convenience!
- Trunk-or-Treat – perfect for cul-de-sac neighborhoods, each house decorates a car’s trunk; a designated adult commits to use hand sanitizer to give out candy.
- Halloween Movie Marathon – if stay-at-home is mandatory and halloween is not permitted or it is simply your choice to stay in your bubble ( nothing wrong with that! ), watching halloween classics eating hot dogs and popcorn is a must! In fact, this is what my siblings and I did when growing up. There is no trick-or-treating in Brazil but we were big fans of the season. Spice up the event by setting up an outdoor movie theater for the family.
- You’ve been Boo’ed – keep things simple by booing your neighbors and love ones. Pick up a container, fill it with goodies, prepare instructions and drop it at neighbors front door. Add a twist with an adult version of the game as in “You’ve been Booz’ed”. I hope my neighbors read this!
- Virtual Halloween Parties – finally my least favorite idea – zoom parties! **Disclosure – I am personally tired of zoom meetings BUT in some cases when people we really want to spend time with can’t or is not comfortable meeting, even in a controlled socially distant setting, there is no choice but to zoom. There are numerous ways of making this interesting, by playing virtual games, dressing up, choosing scary backgrounds, etc. The most important thing to keep in mind is to make the best with what you got! Keep it simple, uncomplicated and happy!