How To Celebrate Halloween Safely From Home in 2020
Many people are already feeling bummed about how the Coronavirus will potentially change - okay, ruin - Halloween 2020. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Although COVID 19 has put the damper on many things this year, people have risen to the occasion, finding ways to celebrate even in the midst of quarantine.
So, too, shall it be with this Halloween. Approaching the holiday with out-of-the-box thinking guarantees that this holiday will not only be memorable for you and yours but joyful even. Here are some tips to help you make it so.
Hit the Road, Jack
There is no rule that exists that says you have to spend Halloween 2020 at home. Celebrating Halloween during a pandemic may mean getting creative about where you set out your jack-o-lanterns. If you and yours happen to be camping aficionados, then your front porch on Halloween night this year might be in the mountains or in front of a lake.
Here’s why camping is an ideal way to spend Halloween. On any given year, off-season camping has a great deal to offer. You typically don’t have to worry about not being able to find a camping spot.
Campgrounds aren’t usually crowded. Park fees are reduced to off-season rates. Now, add COVID 19 to the mix, and you can probably see why going camping on Halloween is the ultimate way to spend this off-season evening. You’ll have built-in social distancing and a whole forest on which to hang flashlight-powered ghost lanterns and other decor.
To make the most of a Halloween camping trip, bring along supplies for carving pumpkins, as well as for candied apples and caramel popcorn.
Select your favorite Halloween candies to take with you. Bring along decorations to put up in and around your RV or camper. Create a festive space around your campfire for jack-o-lanterns. Spend the evening making S’mores and telling spooky stories under the stars.
Be sure to take plenty of photos of this nocturnal event. In the coming years, these photos will remind you that you were able to have fun, even in the midst of a pandemic.
Family Fright Night Movie Night
By October 31st, the weather should be getting good and chilly. Frost will appear on the windows in the morning and cover the blades of grass on your lawn. The trees will drop their leaves. On any other autumn night besides Halloween, you’d be inclined to spend a cold evening indoors with your family, bundled up on the couch and watching movies.
Why not make Halloween 2020 another movie night with your family? It’ll certainly be cold enough to bundle up. Choose family-friendly Halloween movies, like “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Monsters, Inc.” or “Gremlins.”
Buy an assortment of snacks and drinks, or make your own treats. Popcorn balls and Halloween punch count as favorites for most people. Splurge on kid favorites for dinner, like pizza or tacos.
Drag out your big, fluffy comforters and pillows so that you can bundle up together, or encourage your kids to turn your blankets and pillows into forts. Movies are always more fun when you’re hidden under a blanket.
Finally, if you’re concerned about the trick-or-treaters who might come to your door, leave little paper bags filled with candy on the porch. Small lunch bags should do the trick. Be sure to keep the light on for extra safety.
Halloween Arts and Crafts
Making arts and crafts is fun anytime. Being creative allows you to forget about what stresses you for a while and just make something fun. That’s why making Halloween arts and crafts on Halloween this year is such a great idea.
Ideally, you’ll actually begin your holiday craft-making activities a couple of days before Halloween. This allows you and your children time to make decorative crafts that you can hang on your home’s doors or in the windows. Construction paper, glue, scissors, glitter, and stickers can be transformed into Halloween witches, black cats, and bats.
On Halloween night, craft activities can include carving pumpkins and making candy or caramel apples for the evening. These will serve as snacks for your indoor celebration.
Final Words on Celebrating Halloween During a Pandemic
The silver lining that comes with COVID 19 is that it gives us an opportunity to celebrate Halloween differently this year. While our kids may feel disappointed that they can’t trick-or-treat, that doesn’t mean they won’t have any fun.
If anything, they might even have more fun this year, because the creative solutions you come up with to help you celebrate this holiday brings novelty with them. From an excuse to go camping to creating extra cool Halloween blanket forts in the living room, there is something on this list that’s sure to appeal to everyone.