Halloween is going to look a little different this year. With COVID still out and about, you're probably wondering what exactly is going on this Halloween.
Is it true that Halloween is cancelled this year? Is it even safe to go out and trick or treat?
Halloween is going to look different for different people.
Here are some tips and some alternative ideas about what to do to have a safe Halloween this year.
Should I let my kids trick or treat?
When deciding to let your kids trick or treat or not, remember that some people will not give out candy in order to prevent the spread of the virus and other germs.
But some people will still give out treats. Dress up in an old Halloween costume and take a walk or a drive around the neighbourhood to see which houses still have their porch lights on.
When you walk up to a house, make sure the way is clear. If there are groups of other families/kids already at a house, make sure you stay back and wait for them to clear out before walking up.
If you let your kids trick or treat, remember to practice social distancing and wear a mask when they walk up to houses.
You can disinfect wrapped candy items, if you choose to, in order to take extra precautions.
Should I hand out candy?
If you think it's too much of a hassle, you can opt-out from handing out candy this year.
If you want to keep the spirit alive and continue handing out candy to the kids in your neighbourhood, make sure you take safety precautions.
Remember to wear gloves and a mask when handing out candy. Also, try to find a way to deliver candy at a distance. Try dropping candy into a long tube, like an empty cardboard tube used for wrapping paper into trick or treat bags. You can also leave a bowl of candy on the porch for kids to take.
Remember to only hand out wrapped candy, like mini chocolate bars, and not loose items like apples.
Have a Family Halloween Party at home
If you decide not to go out this year, create a fun Halloween with just you and your family.
Have everyone dress up. Decorate the house. Put out bowls of snacks.
Since Halloween is on a Saturday this year, you can let your kids stay up late and watch some spooky movies. You can even let them have a friend or two over.
For some tips to help you out this Halloween, check out the links below:
For our family-friendly Halloween movies list, click here:
For our Halloween playlist for some spooky tunes, click here: