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Halloween will be a much different experience this year – that much is obvious. Every state has a different rule or regulation for how they hope to keep everyone safe, healthy, and happy. However, with all of these regulations, how can someone twist these challenges into something the entire family will enjoy?
Before throwing in the candy (get it…), read through the following ideas that mothers from many different states suggested. Since some families have been in strict lock-down for months and others have slowly begun to venture into the masked public, these options touch upon a little bit of everything.
Mask Up to Trick-or-Treat
In many states, the rules are strictly to wear a mask and stay 6-feet-apart from others. With that being the main regulation, many parents have decided to stick with the Trick-or-Treating tradition. Of course, caution and safety take precedent. However, if you’re a mother who is just as devoted to traditions as you are to hand-washing and cleanliness, masking up and putting on costumes may be just what you do.
“[We are] Trick-or-Treating with our masks. That’s the only difference,” says Jessica Sugg, mother of three. “My kids are so excited to wear their costumes and get candy. I could never break their little hearts and tell them we can’t go.”
Though this year will be a little bit different, finding safe and cautious ways to maintain those traditions is possible. However, it is also known that masking up and making it to the doors of your neighbors may not be what every parent wants to do this year.
Celebrate with Healthy Family
“We’re leaving our candy on the porch for kids to pick up and going to my sisters,” explains mother of two, Chelsea Marie.
Sometimes, keeping it simple and safe is the best possible scenario – especially when you can celebrate with healthy, nearby family members. The words healthy and nearby being key, of course.
Finding loved ones you can spend time with in costumes while attacking candy with your little ones may be the easiest way to both socialize and celebrate Halloween. Surrounding yourself with familiar faces, even if in costumes and masks, can be a fun way for your little ones to still be in the spooky spirit.
A “Pumpkin Pal” for Adults and Kids
Talk about a play on words! This clever idea is a terrific way for both children and their parents to get in the Halloween spirit without going door-to-door.
“I’m leaving candy in a bowl and for friends and family, I’m doing “Pumpkin Pals,” Alyssa Kurtzworth, mother of one, says. “[It’s] basically goodies and treats in a pumpkin pail with some upgrades for the adult versions.”
Who wouldn’t want a pumpkin-shaped pail of candy, little toys, and even coffee or mini adult beverages? Most moms would definitely jump on this idea, but leave out the mini adult beverages and coffee for the little ones, of course.
“We went camping this weekend and they did ‘Reverse Trick or Treating.’ The kids (and parents) stayed at their campsites, all dressed up. Then others dressed up, decorated their cars or golf cart, and did a parade and threw candy at the ‘Trick or Treaters,’” explains Samantha Hughey, mother of one.
This idea could work out well if you live in a neighborhood where there are many young families or even if you have your own family nearby. You could talk with the other parents nearby and decide who wants to be the one to drive and throw candy onto the lawns.
In a way… this is almost like a reverse pinata too!
Stay Home, Stay Safe
This pandemic has caused many families to permanently shut themselves off from the world and not budge on anything – including Halloween. For those who have weak immune systems, are in the medical or military field, or just want to make sure they do not go near anyone who hasn’t bathed in sanitizer – staying home may be the best choice.
“My husband is in the military and they pretty much banned him from all interactions with any humans outside of his family,” mother of three, Beth Ann, says. “So, we’re doing nothing.”
Nothing could turn into something when looked at with a creative eye. You could hide candy around the house and do a costumed scavenger hunt. You could watch scary movies and bake some Halloween-themed treats. Taking that time together and making it into a memory could really be the best-case scenario for many families.
Jennifer Aline is a coffee addict, mama of twins, and a passionate freelance writer and author. She writes for Moms.com on a regular basis and has had articles in publications such as the NY Daily News, NY Post, and In Good Health Newspaper. Aline received her Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Family Studies from Keuka College and worked in the Human Services field before her two little girls entered her life. Aline now focuses primarily on writing, teaching aerial arts classes in the evenings, and caring for her twin daughters – all while continuously chugging coffee, of course.
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