In my neighborhood, Trick-or-Treating is a thing.
It’s one of those ‘hoods that’s proud of their reputation as the spot to be, and happily embraces the families that come from all around year after year. Our kids especially love it; the over-the-top decorations, the excitement of seeing so many classmates and friends walking the streets and ringing our doorbell, the block party vibe that permeates the night.
So I’ve been thinking a lot about how we (and all other parents) can live up to the expectations of Halloween in a Covid-19 world.
Here’s what I’ve got so far…
Go Extra on the Home Decor
Like all holidays, a big part of the excitement of Halloween is the prep and anticipation. I’ll be honest, most year’s I don’t have a lot of time for DIY projects anymore.
This October, though, I’m going to dedicate a little of the time we’d normally be devoting to team sports to make a few fun decorations with the kids. Here are my favorites from Halloweens past…
This is one tradition that won’t be interrupted this year- yay!
Make Some Fun Food
A special meal (or three) is another great way to celebrate the day at home.
Get Dressed Up with the Kids
This is the year to finally go for that family Halloween custom, even if you just wear them while having a spooky movie marathon!
Might as well since everyone will be together, and you can take a pic to use for the perfect 2020 holiday card.
39 Ideas for Family Halloween Costumes via Sugar & Cloth
Read Something Spooky (or Silly)
Another great way to make Halloween at home special- read in the dark with a flashlight for extra cool points!
Watch a Halloween Special
Here are a few of my favorites (most of which are currently streaming on Netflix)…
- Room on the Broom
- The Little Vampire
- It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
- DreamWorks Spooky Stories and Spooky Stories 2 on Netflix
- Monster Family
- The Spooky Tale of Captain Underpants Hack-A-Ween
Social Distancing Trick-or-Treating
If you’re fortunate enough to live in a neighborhood that’s filled with families, consider reverse trick-or-treating this year.
Arrange a time for all the kids to sit in their front yards while the adults drive by and throw candy at them, parade style.