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3 Ways My Neighborhood is Helping Halloween Stay Safe for Families

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Kutztown chapter.

This Halloween is going to end up looking a lot different than previous years, and I’m not just talking about the inevitable spike in Tik Tok inspired costumes. COVID-19 has changed a lot in our world, but the question around Halloween remains. How will people continue to be safe during a holiday that’s all about close contact? My neighborhood in Maryland has taken a few extra precautions to make sure that the kids here can still have fun, but not be put in danger.

Scavenger Hunts for Family Bubbles

This idea takes some work for the community, but it’s a fun idea. A scavenger hunt with little activities along the way is a great strategy for letting the kids have fun ( get their energy out), and still get some candy. Most families have bubbles, but even if you don’t, just a nice activity night with the family is just as fun. Our neighborhood has provided a list of activities that can be done with items most people have around the house, and they also included some activities that require more specific items for the more dedicated people. It’s a safe and fun way to enjoy Halloween!

Halloween Movie and Trivia Live Stream

Zoom, as most college kids know, has been a huge part of daily life now. My neighborhood decided that using Zoom to live stream a movie would be a nice and relaxing way to make Halloween fun. They’re showing Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin first, then after they’re playing Scream for the adults. Along with movie night, they’re providing a Halloween themed trivia game.

A Week of Missed Holidays in the Summer

This solution takes place in the future. The neighborhood decided that we’ll probably be missing a lot of fun holidays due to the pandemic and that we should still get to celebrate them. Holidays like Easter, New Year’s Eve, and Halloween will get dedicated days in a week for everyone to celebrate. Granted, this will only happen if the world is okay, but the neighborhood is hopeful. The Halloween night will be designed just like the actual Halloween with trick or treating and costumes everywhere. It’s gonna be a week filled with fun, and lots and lots of food.

Obviously, we all wish that Halloween could happen normally. Though these solutions aren’t perfect, nor the real thing, they are safe and fun alternatives. Try to encourage creative solutions, whether you are in your neighborhood, apartment complex, or adorm. Happy Halloween!

Grace Heinlein

Kutztown '23

A music major writes for a blog. That's the joke. You get it?
Jena Fowler

Kutztown '21

Music lover, writer, avid Taylor Swift connoisseur