Is Halloween Cancelled?

Is Halloween Cancelled? Not if we can help it!

We’ve got some great mom-approved ideas for how to make this Halloween a safe, healthy(ish) and FUN holiday for all. 

A note: This is being written by a skeptical Halloween-er. I know it’s very traditional–and I loved Halloween as a kid–but it seems so odd to me that one day a year we throw all caution to the wind and send our kids out at night to bang on strangers’ doors and then accept “treats” from them. Yet we feel hesitant any other time of the year to knock on our neighbors' doors and ask them for help… But the parental hypocrisy of Halloween is not what this is about. It’s about making Halloween 2020 a joyful experience for our kids. So, we sourced a whole bunch of moms across the country (thank you all very much) and came up with some pretty darn good ways to keep Halloween from being completely cancelled. 

Home Scavenger Hunt: Take a cue from the Easter Bunny and hide candy around your yard for your kids to find. For the little ones, even an in-door hunt will do. For the bigger kids, surprise them with a candy-stuffed piñata somewhere in the yard. 

Tribe Trick-or-Treat: If you want the trick-or-treat experience without the crowds, organize a small tribe excursion and hit up a few of your quarantine-crew’s homes. 

Costume Zoom Party: Set up a virtual party with your tribe. Make it fun by theatrically  announcing each of the kids so they can show off their costumes, do a little dance, etc. 

Freaky Flashlight Tag: If you want to skip the candy all together, get a few close friends together for a game of backyard flashlight tag. If you are “caught” by a flashlight in the dark, you’re out. It'll burn some energy and limit any actual tagging/touching. 

Candy Car Parade: If you have a packed neighborhood, organize a parade of cars to toss candy to kids on the sidewalks. (Drive slowly and throw carefully, of course.) 

Traditional Trick-or-Treat: If you are going to go with a more traditional trick-or-treat experience, here are a few tips:

  • Consider making small treat bags that you can serve from a tray. Neighborhood kids pick up their own little bags, avoiding all the germy little hands in one bowl. 

  • Craft a candy “luge” of sorts (i.e. connecting a bunch of paper-towel tubes), where you can slide/shoot pieces of candy down into goblins’ hands. It’ll keep you at least 6 feet away and keep the “one piece per person” ratio in check. 

No matter what you decide to do, be safe, have fun… and remember to hide the wrappers so the kids don’t see how much of their candy you ate when they finally went to sleep.

Disclaimer: These are simply suggestions, but PLEASE adhere to your local Covid-related guidelines!