How to Scare Up a Happy Halloween in 2020

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Trick-or-treat alternatives

Discouraging traditional trick-or-treating, the CDC released guidelines for Halloween (and other upcoming holidays) in the time of the pandemic. Take a look at their tips on staying safe and review the activities they’ve classified as lower, moderate, and higher risk.

Trick-or-treating may not be in the cards this year (at least, not in the usual way). But fear not, pumpkin: There are still plenty of festive ways to celebrate Halloween at home or in your neighborhood! 🎃

1. Do some friendly “ghosting.” 👻 Leave a tasty treat on the doorstep of a friend or neighbor, with a note encouraging them to pay it forward by distributing their own “ghosting” goodies. (Of course, wash your hands for 20 seconds before and after prepping, and delivering, the goodies as the CDC recommends.)

2. Plan a spooky movie marathon! 🍿 Halloween falls on a Saturday this year. What better time to cozy up for an all-day viewing party of your seasonal favorites? (Hocus Pocus, anyone?) Consider using Netflix Party or similar services to watch with friends who aren’t in your household. Don’t forget the candy and popcorn!

3. If you’ve got it, haunt it. 🏠 Embrace your inner Munster by setting up a personal haunted house in your home, or creating a spooky forest in your backyard for the family to explore. Bonus: Hide candy throughout for a fun, socially distant Halloween scavenger hunt!

4. Go on a witch hunt. 🧙‍♀️Create a scavenger hunt of themed items for kids to find on a walk around your community. Include items like jack-o-lanterns, festive lights, and lawn decorations. It’s extra-fun to do this at night with flashlights or glow sticks.

5. Experiment in the kitchen. 🍬 Can you make a whole day’s worth of Halloween-themed meals? With resources like the Top 50 Halloween Recipes from Food Network and 20 Halloween Dinner Recipes That’ll Have Your Kids Licking Their Plates from Delish, you sure can. Trying new recipes will make you feel like a mad scientist, and we support that on Halloween.

It’s a year to discover new traditions and find fresh ways to celebrate. Happy haunting! Boo!


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