Children are eager to get out in costumes and celebrate Halloween, which is right around the corner. They have been cooped up inside for the majority of the year, learning remotely and missing time with friends. Unfortunately, the continued necessary precautions due to COVID-19 require all of us to have safety and physical distancing in mind as we plan for Halloween this year.

There’s no doubt that parents and caregivers must always prioritize safety on Halloween, but this year comes with extra rules and recommendations. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has issued guidance on celebrating Halloween this year.

the continued necessary precautions due to COVID-19 require all of us to have safety and physical distancing in mind as we plan for Halloween this year. (iStock)

Many traditional Halloween activities like trick-or-treating, visiting haunted houses and attending large costume parties don’t allow for the minimized contact that is needed to avoid transmission of the novel coronavirus. The good news is that many of the recommended alternatives can still be a lot of fun while keeping the festivities both spooky and safe.

Halloween Movie Night

Celebrate with a Halloween-themed movie night either at home or at a drive-in theatre. However, when choosing a film, keep the audience in mind. Many Halloween movies can be too scary for children of varying ages and even for some grown-ups, too. To help select an age-appropriate Halloween flick, check out Commonsensemedia.org for film ratings and reviews for families. Once you choose a film, plan some healthy and seasonal movie snacks like pumpkin bread, flavored popcorn, seasoned pumpkin seeds and sliced apples with cinnamon yogurt dip.

Virtual Halloween Parties

After many months of distance learning, most school-age children are super savvy when it comes to navigating video meeting platforms. Kids who can’t gather in person can still meet for an online Halloween party decked out in costumes. These remote parties are most successful when kept relatively short and structured with engaging activities. Fun virtual Halloween party activities include games, spooky story readings, costume contests or an art project. Plus, with virtual celebrations, family and friends who live far away can now be included in your Halloween plans.

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Decorate the Neighborhood

Even though door-to-door trick-or-treating is not recommended, neighbors can still adorn their homes and yards with all the usual Halloween decorations. For many people, the lights, props, cobwebs, inflatables and other décor is a Halloween favorite that can be enjoyed from a distance. Families can grab their face masks and flashlights and enjoy a walk or drive through their neighborhoods in full costume to enjoy the haunting displays.

Support a Local Restaurant

We all know that the pandemic has been extra challenging for restaurants. Some restaurants with outdoor dining may be offering themed dinners during the week of Halloween. Although not everyone feels comfortable eating out right now, others can enjoy a meal out, perhaps dressed in your Halloween costume, at a restaurant that complies with safety protocol.

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Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

      

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