Halloween during COVID, is that even possible?

We’ve been brainstorming ways to make the most out of this holiday during the pandemic for both the young and the old! Let’s face it, adults love to let loose, dress up, and have some spooky fun but COVID has put a huge damper on plans. Instead of not doing anything at all, be creative and think of safe fun ways you, your family, and friends could still celebrate.

Celebrating with your family, in person or virtually?

  • Host a carving or decorating pumpkin contest either with the family or virtual with friends over zoom.
  • You could also create a Halloween themed scavenger hunt around the house and yard for the children. Spice it up by making it similar to an escape room where they have to solve Halloween themes riddles to find pieces of a bigger puzzle to solve.
  • Host a virtual costume contest. Best costume wins a spooky basket you’ve created for the occasion.
  • Turn your back yard into an outdoor movie theater. Watch scary movies with friends or family at a safe distance.

Staying home but don’t want to deny kids their candy?

  • This is the year to go all out on decorations!! It’s been a tough year for all, and kids especially will really appreciate your efforts. You can be creative and put up signs and markers telling people what to do like “ring doorbell and stand behind witches’ broom or behind Jack-O-Latern” placed 6 feet away.
  • Dress up in your spookiest attire with a mask, compliment the kids and thank them to visiting while you place the treats on a nearby sanitized stool, table, or end of your driveway.
  • Place treats in individual bags if possible.
  • You can put candy in bowls for self-serve although that may increase the risk for trick or treaters.
  • Make safe equal fun! Check out this dad who designed a ‘candy chute’ out of household items to give candy to kids safely.
  • Don’t forget to disinfect your doorknobs/handles and doorbell after the night is over.

Taking a chance and going Trick-or-Treating?

  • Make sure you still wear a face covering. Most costume masks are not equipped with 2 layers of protection, so you want to make sure you and your family are still safe by wearing the appropriate type of mask to keep you safe.
  • Make Halloween themed masks that complement your costume. If your costume is a vampire, your mask fabric could have fangs on it or you could add them on.
  • Be sure to sanitize right after each house, especially if neighbors are not doing some sort of socially distanced and modified/safe system for passing out candy.

Hosting an event?

  • Be cognizant of how many people you can safely have in your home or in your yard while maintaining 6 feet distance. Outdoors spaces are best for hosting these events.
  • Keep the scares to a minimum as screaming increases the risk of spreading the disease.
  • If people decide not to attend, don’t take it personally. Instead, send them something fun to tell them you’re thinking of them and miss them during this time.
  • Have wipes and sanitizers within view for all guests. And most importantly, have fun! Enjoy the socially distant company of your friends and family and celebrate the holiday with lots spooky treats.

There are many more fun ideas the CDC has suggested but the point is you can still have a very fun and very safe Halloween. If you want to make sure no ghouls invade your computer or network call or contact us at Hybridge.com

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