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Halloween in the Time of COVID-19


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  • carved pumpkin wearing a face mask on porch stairs after dark

Stephanie, Queen's Square | October 1, 2020

Over the last six months many events in our lives have changed, visiting with friends became a virtual activity via ZOOM, birthdays became drive-by celebrations. Some weddings were just postponed or became very small gatherings of only family members. As Fall approaches and the kids get ready to go back to school another event is quickly approaching, Halloween. How do we possibly go door to door collecting candy in the time of COVID19? Here are some thoughts on how to safely celebrate and still make this event fun for kids.

Start by getting in the spirit by reading some Halloween books together from our collection. Scary Stories, or by borrowing some of our Halloween Movies.

A trip to the pumpkin patch or a local market may be still an acceptable, social distanced outing to get the perfect pumpkin to create into a jack-o-lantern. There are some local farms that offer pumpkin picking.

Perhaps this year Halloween may have to go indoors. Have a family Halloween Party where everyone dresses up. Play some old-fashioned party games, musical chairs, or pin the tail on the black cat. Contribute some favourite candy choices into a pinata. Create a Halloween Scavenger Hunt, the clues can lead to hidden treats!

This is the year of getting creative and Halloween is the perfect time for using your imagination. If you need a little inspiration, Pinterest is a great online resource for ideas such as parties and crafts.