20 October 2020 (updated)

Halloween 2020: Ideas for Safe Trick-or-Treating While Social Distancing

Halloween 2020 is going to be a little different this year. But even if you’re not trick-or-treating in a traditional sense, there are lots of ways you can still enjoy this fun holiday activity.

For many kids, Halloween is the best event of the year! Being able to dress up in a costume and go door-to-door to get candy is something that they look forward too. Unfortunately, social distancing restrictions due to COVID-19 put a damper in  Halloween 2020 plans. That’s why it’s important to know what your little ones should do if they’re going to trick-or-treat. It’s also a great idea to find other ways to celebrate this year. Share your social distancing Halloween ideas on your favorite family app with other parents!

Halloween 2020: Why Is Social Distancing Still Important?

Many of us may be getting tired of social distancing. But with flu season upon us, it’s more important than ever to practice distancing to slow the spread of coronavirus. Activities like trick-or-treating are easy ways to spread the disease.

If you’re experiencing symptoms pointing to the COVID-19 coronavirus or feeling sick, it’s important to sit this year out so you don’t negatively impact others. For those who do want to celebrate the season, be sure you’re aware of the social distancing guidelines.

What Are the CDC Halloween 2020 Guidelines?

The Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) doesn’t recommend traditional trick-or-treating. Instead, they suggest that goodie bags be left on yards or driveways for families to grab as they go by. Things like crowded costume parties and haunted houses are also a no-no.

However, Halloween 2020 alternatives can include backyard gatherings or virtual costume contests where people can show off their duds. It’s just important to follow social distancing rules, so make sure to avoid crowd formation while spending the night rambling.

How Will Halloween 2020 Work?

Even though traditional trick-or-treating might not be your best Halloween option, there are plenty of ways you can still enjoy Halloween 2020 activities. Share your own health and safety tips on FamilyApp with other users!

  • Limit Your Numbers – It’s important your children don’t trick-or-treat with everyone in town, as this increases the chances of spreading COVID-19. Instead, have them choose one or two friends they’ll be comfortable with throughout the night. 
  • Wear a Mask – It might seem like Halloween 2020 costume ideas will do the trick to keep you safe. However, if you’re going to be in contact with others, your children will need to wear face masks. You can even choose a costume that features a cloth mask to minimize the spread of the virus. There should be many options out there this year to suit the purpose!
  • Use Goodie Bags – Instead of traditional trick-or-treating, lined-up bags for families to grab on the go are a safe alternative. If you want to set up goodie bags for other families, make sure you don’t show any COVID-19 symptoms and wash your hands for at least twenty seconds with soap before touching anything.

More Trick-or-Treating Ideas

  • Reduce Touching – One of the best parts of Halloween is pouring out the candy at the end to see the loot. However, that isn’t a good idea this year. Instead, pull out and sanitize a few pieces of candy and put the rest of the bag away for 72 hours. This will ensure any germs won’t survive! Also, remind your kids to avoid touching others and keep the distance.
  • Sanitize, Sanitize, Sanitize – Your children should ideally avoid touching the candy or digging around in their goodie bag. However, ensure that you bring some hand sanitizer along so that they can instantly swipe if they happen to touch a piece of candy. Share your Halloween 2020 tips on your favorite family app!

Happy Halloween!

Even with the restrictions, the situation offers a lot of options for creativity and new traditions. Yes, there are many things you can do to enjoy your time this Halloween!

Maybe this is your year for some spectacular pumpkin carving or an epic costume dance party with just your family. If you still need candy, why not try a Halloween candy hunt, similar to an Easter egg hunt around your backyard.

Do you have any tips for dealing with Halloween 2020 and COVID-19? Share them with other parents!