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How To Celebrate Halloween in a Pandemic

For many people this year, it is hard to imagine how we’ll be able to keep those Halloween traditions going in the middle of a pandemic. You may even think that the spread of the virus is not worth the risk of handing out candy or getting together with friends. These concerns are valid, and because of this, we have a few tips to safely socially distance and celebrate Halloween with your friends and family.

Have a Halloween Movie Marathon

Who doesn’t love watching classic Halloween movies with friends and family? Everyone could bring their favorite snacks and Halloween movies or order food. Everyone could write down some of their favorite movies and draw it out of a hat, if there is some indecisiveness or disagreement over which movie to watch. Also, one site such as Netflix Party is a great way to watch movies with friends on different devices at the same time, if you don’t want to risk getting together in one space. It also has a chat feature, if you want to talk during the movie without interrupting or stopping the movie. Halloween Movie Marathons are great for reminiscing about the past and catching up with loved ones!

Virtual Halloween Party

This is an opportunity for friends and family to get on Zoom, Skype, Facetime, or whichever app you prefer to meet with them virtually. During this event, you can hold a Halloween costume competition or another idea is to turn off your cameras, describe your costume, and everyone has to guess who you are. After everyone guesses your costume, you can turn your camera back on, and do a big reveal! If you’re not a fan of costumes, this time can be spent enjoying candy and good company. Changing everyone’s background on Zoom to be Halloween-themed will make it feel even more spooky.

Go to a Pumpkin Patch

Going to a Pumpkin Patch is always fun to attend and in most cases people are already socially distant. Many Pumpkin Patches around the nation have made more restrictions and regulations about how many people can attend at one time and how spread out they have to be. There are probably more rules than previous years, but you’ll still be able to have a good time and safety is important. If you’re tired of staying stuck in the house, this is a great event for children and adults of all ages.

Decorate Face Masks

Decorating Face Masks can be a fun, new tradition because it strays from the usual Halloween celebrations. Considering that we wear face masks every day now, you can make it fun and decorate them however you want. It doesn’t have to be Halloween-themed, but it definitely would be an added bonus! After you decorate it, you can show it off to everyone. Especially if you decorate the mask the day before Halloween, you will be prepared for the next day. It can be your own mini-version of a costume. If you have art supplies at home such as paint, markers, glue, glitter, or anything crafty this can be used on the mask. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but this can be a new tradition and time to express your creativity.

Glow-in-the-Dark Egg Hunts

A Glow-in-the-Dark egg hunt is like the Halloween version of Easter. If you have younger siblings or are an adult and want to be a kid again, you can either buy Glow-in-the-Dark eggs or create your own plastic eggs with glow sticks and candy inside. This activity is safer than handing out candy to everyone and spreading germs. You can instead hide the eggs inside the house or outside around the yard. It’s more likely that people will be spread out and it is a good way to have fun and be aware.


However you celebrate Halloween this year, make sure you have fun and be safe!


Paige Wilder

Howard '23

Writing is my stress reliever. I hope you enjoy all of the articles!
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