8 amazing ways to celebrate Halloween during COVID

As a Christian, Halloween is not a monumental day in our house, but the kids love to dress up and go trick or treating. I never imagined that we would be on year 2 of COVID Halloween. In our city, restrictions are pretty minimal, but the case numbers are still high. These stats may cause people to find alternative things they can do this year. Continue to read to find 8 amazing ways to celebrate Halloween during COVID.

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How to talk to your kids about Halloween

COVID has changed many things this year. If your kids are like mine, they went without extracurricular activities, camps, get-togethers and so much more. 

My kids are over covid and just want things to get back to “normal”. 

It seems like every week, I am needing to tell my kids that we can’t do something because of COVID. 

They are old enough to know that we are trying to keep people safe from getting sick, but they wish they could have all their activities back now. 

As Halloween gets closer, I have already told my kids that it will look different from other years. 

3 tips on how to talk to your kids about Halloween during COVID 

1. Be honest

My youngest child is 4 ½ and he can understand social distancing and why we are doing it. 

When I talk to them about the activities we are missing, I try to tell them the truth. I tell them why things may look different and why we have to be careful. 

2. Be sympathetic

Kids have been going through a hard time during COVID. Mine understands why we are keeping social distance and wearing masks but they wish all their favorite things could happen as before. 

Understandably so, when they hear that something they love can’t happen or look different, they are sad.

They might even cry or be angry. 

These are normal emotions. 

It’s important that we allow our children to grieve what they are missing. 

What helps me be more sympathetic is to remember how I would feel if I canceled something I was looking forward to. 

When I take that view, I am so much more sympathetic and I can help my kids process what they are feeling. 

3. Make alternate plans

One thing that helped my kids process the changes happening this year at Halloween was to come up with an alternate plan. 

We talked about what they wanted to do and how we could do that and keep social distancing. 

Once the kids knew they could still have a good time and that there was a plan, they were so much happier. 

When making alternate plans, it’s always a good idea to ask your kids what they want to do and make them part of the conversation. That way, they will feel a bit more in control and won’t be as disappointed. 

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8 ways to celebrate Halloween during COVID

1. At-home party

During COVID, we have been in a cohort with one other family. Our two families have 8 kids in total. Anytime we get together as one group, it feels like a party. 

One of the options that I am considering is to get together and have a small Halloween party

We can let the kids dress up and get together for some Halloween music, Halloween crafts, Halloween games, and more Halloween fun. 

At this party, we would also have lots of treats for the kids. Because let’s be honest. The kids just want candy. 

2. Social distance trick or treat 

If you are dedicated to sending your kids out into the neighborhood during Halloween this year, make sure you have a plan how to do it with all the restrictions in mind. 

These would include: 

I know these restrictions may seem overwhelming, but they can be done if you need to. 

3. Selective trick or treating

Our family is naturally cohort with a set number of families. One of the suggestions my kids gave was to pick the houses of a few friends and only go to those houses for trick or treating.

This is an excellent compromise between staying safe and still keeping traditions from other years.  

4. Costume parade

Each year, schools usually have costume parades. This is where all the kids in the school walk around showing everyone their costumes. Obviously, this will not happen this year. 

But, just because your school is not doing a costume parade does not mean that your kids can’t dress up. 

You can still plan, make, or purchase a Halloween costume and show it off to people you know. 

You can get the kids dressed and face time all your family so that the kids can show off their costumes. 

You can also pick a few houses of friends close by to ring their doorbells and show off the kids.


5. Photo Booth

During the lockdown in the springtime, we celebrated my husband’s birthday. Because of the number of restrictions and closures we had very few options as to what we could do. 

So, I went to the store and got these fun accessories, and we had a photoshoot. The whole family was being silly, and we had so much fun. 

This idea would be a perfect way to add some fun at Halloween this year. 

To make your own Halloween photo booth, you can get many dress-up items to take a bunch of great pictures. 

If you are low on cash, Instagram, and Facebook messenger have some great filters you can add to pictures to make you look all dressed up when you haven’t changed anything on you. 

My kids always love playing with these filters and seeing what they look like. 

6. Crafts and decorations

If you want to stay home and not venture far, you can plan a fun craft night. There are many Halloween crafts you can make to add some fun to the day or week coming up to Halloween. 

Not only can you make crafts but you can make decorations. Just because Halloween may look different this year, doesn’t mean you have to keep your decorations in the closet. 

Make decorations and put them in your yard, window, and wherever you want. 

7. Pumpkin carving 

One of my kids’ favorite things to do in the fall is to do some pumpkin carving. They love getting their hands messy in the guts of the pumpkin and carving out the pumpkins. 

Even though Halloween may look different this year, you can still carve pumpkins like you have other years. I know that our local stores are already selling pumpkins for carving.


8. Candy, Candy, Candy

If your children are like mine, the most important thing to them is collecting candy at Halloween.

They have been most concerned about not getting candy this year. So, no matter what plan we make for the day, I will make sure that they get a pile of candy. 

We know that because of COVID we have had to rethink many of our routines. I ask myself all the time what alternative activities can we do that is safe and yet still fun. 

I hope that this list has helped you in your planning. 

In the comments below, share with me ways you will celebrate Halloween during COVID.

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