Halloween marks the first of several fall and winter holidays that are typically celebrated with large gatherings and festive feasts. Of course, COVID-19 is likely to have your holidays looking much different this year. While it might be tempting to skip Halloween festivities entirely, it can be hard on your family to lose out on the celebration of the season. Instead, try these tips for a safe yet spookily fun holiday.

1. Be Flexible

There are some Halloween themed plans that might be safe to continue this year, such as attending a corn maze or visiting a pumpkin patch. However, be prepared to change those plans if those venues are packed with people or if mask-wearing and social distancing aren’t well enforced. You might also look for venues offering appointments for outdoor family fun, so you know there won’t be too many other people there.

2. Create New Traditions

Trick-or-treating may not be the best idea this year, but there are lots of creative ways to treat your kids. Create a glow-in-the-dark Easter egg hunt with Halloween candy-filled eggs, for example. Alternatively, you might partner with one or two neighbors to offer a different trick-or-treating experience where everyone’s kids can play games or hear scary stories at each stop (while still collecting candy, of course). Another fun activity is a front-yard scary movie screening with an outdoor projector.

3. Maintain Mask Rules

No matter how you choose to celebrate Halloween, remember that cloth masks are still important, even if they don’t go with your costume. Washing hands often and using hand sanitizer are also a must for any gathering.

For more helpful tips on adapting your Halloween routine and other holiday plans to coronavirus safety guidelines, count on MeMD. We’re here to help you stay informed and stay well.


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