Safely Celebrating Halloween During a Pandemic
Halloween is fast approaching, leaving many parents wondering how to handle Halloween celebrations during a pandemic. We want to keep our kids safe and still provide them with some of the holiday magic. The following are some fun ways to celebrate with your kids while still practicing social distancing. Remember, vaccines are another great tool to prevent COVID-19, and they are available for everyone 5 and older.
- Decorate your house indoors and outdoors. You can purchase decorations or create your own. Create fun ghosts with tissues wrapped around a sucker or create pumpkins with pipe cleaners and orange beads. There are endless ideas on Pinterest for all kinds of fun crafts for kids to make for Halloween.
- Host a spooky movie night. Pick a fun Halloween-themed movie and make some popcorn and snacks. You can adjust the movie to the age and maturity of your kids. “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” is a fun option for younger kids.
- Have a Halloween-themed dance party in your house. Play “The Halloween Freeze Dance” for younger kids or “Thriller” for older kids.
- Create some creepy science for kids by making “Witches Slime” or “Pumpkin Play-dough”
- Create a Halloween egg hunt. You can use old Easter eggs or even order glow-in-the-dark eggs and hunt in the dark.
- Have a candy scavenger hunt indoors or outdoors.
- Make spooky foods such as hot dog mummies or spider pizza.
- Get a piñata for the kids and fill with their favorite candy and treats.
- Host a Zoom costume party. This way kids can show off their costume to friends and family.
Guidelines Help With Safe Celebration
When it comes to trick-or-treating, here are a few ways to keep kids safe while still giving them holiday memories:
- Keep trick or treating and other Halloween activities outside.
- Even when you’re outside, try to practice social distancing or consider wearing a mask when you can’t.
- Wash hands or use hand sanitizer frequently, especially before eating a treat.
- Have adults hand out the candy, rather than kids grabbing out of a bowl.
- Unvaccinated people should wear a mask when gathering indoors with people of different households, and vaccinated people should consider doing so.
- If you may have COVID-19 or you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should not participate in in-person Halloween festivities and should not give out candy to trick-or-treaters.
Have a safe, healthy and happy Halloween!
By Patricia Bates, Family Life Educator, Women’s and Children’s Community Outreach Education, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center