Finally, it’s time to start dreaming of fall … those chilly nights, crisp apple cider and, of course, Halloween! Everyone’s favorite holiday filled with costumes and candy, scary make-believe (and candy), trick-or-treating (and CANDY), fun decorations and … Stop.
In case you forgot, the coronavirus is still a very real boogeyman, lurking behind every mask.
Fall celebrations like Halloween and Harvest Day are fun times for children, who can dress up in costumes, enjoy parties, and eat yummy treats. These celebrations also provide a chance to give out healthy snacks, get physical activity, and focus on safety. Here’s some ideas from the Santa Fe VIP’s Halloween Covid Safe Ideas group.
Now is the time for the entire community and neighbors to come together and organize for your kiddos! Here are some safe(ty) ideas for those of us who want to keep the Halloween spirit alive during these trying times. Here’s a few ideas we have come up with to keep trick or treating safe for those who want to venture out including great ideas for those staying home this year. Hope these help…
Neighborhood Costume Parades
Get with as many households making a public commitment towards Covid healthcare.
Make signs stating your commitment to safety of all by notifying that everyone/everything is freshly showered, masked, offer hand sanitizer, wearing gloves (gloves should ONLY be touching candy. Not your hair or masks!)
*This might be a role that is changed out every half hour as to give the giver a break.
Overdo the decorations this year!
Encourage as many neighbors to celebrate outside as kids parade down the street so Everyone can see their creativity on display with their costumes.
Here’s some helpful ideas to keep Halloween and trick or treating a safe experience for all:
Encourage kids to take their wagons or use pillowcases, shopping/grocery bags are good also as they have a wider diameter to toss candy into or anything with a wide opening. Those little plastic pumpkins are not ideal this year.
HOME MADE GOODIES
Avoid handing out hand-made goodies. Give out only factory made and wrapped goodies.
Put treats on a table: kids can grab and go. GO BIG ON DÉCOR FOR THE TABLE
PICKERS AND GRABBERS
Get a new picker or grabber and make it part of your costume to have a mechanical hand that picks the candy from a bowl and reaches out and drops into the kid’s bags or kids can use them to grab candy from tables or from those giving the candy.
Have a wall or fence around your front yard. Hang candy from the fence so kids can grab one and move on. Do you have a tree in your front yard?
Hang candies from the tree and let the kids pick candy like they would an apple from the tree.
2nd FLOOR/BALCONY DELIVERIES –
Plastic piping from the balcony or 2nd floor window to the table at the street where you can slide candy down and the kids can open bag to have candy dropped into their bags. MAKE IT FUN!!!
TRICKS FOR TREATS –
Make kids do a trick for their treat by doing a simple toss up of candy to catch in their bags. Get Creative.
Keep a radio outside on your table and make a group of kids dance for their treat, this will also make sure that kids get their 60 minutes of exercise a day while you toss wrapped goodies into their bags.
SPEAK TO YOUR NEIGHBORS –
Don’t just smile and wave, take the time to smile and speak to them, you will find out we have more in common than what divides us.
“BOOING SOMEONE” –
as a kind of random act of kindness for Halloween. Wrap up a (nice) Halloween treat, drop it at a neighbor or friend’s door, ring the bell and run like crazy. The idea is to spread some holiday cheer. There’s even a website with poems and posters you can print out, at beenbooed.com. (The website suggests doing it anonymously. However, we suggest you first call or send a text to alert recipients to the arrival of a sweet treat, so it doesn’t get tossed in the garbage.
For those of you keeping it closer to home, here’s a few ideas to have some fun around the yard and inside your home.
HIDE AND SEEK / SCAVENGER HUNT
Fill a bag or two with candies and play hide and seek with the kids by hiding the candy and making them look for the bag!
Make a scavenger hunt: Come up with some great clues, write them down, to lead the kiddos on a hunt for the candy!
Haunted EGGS for Halloween –
Hide candy and decorate plastic eggs with scary faces, Halloween stickers or fill with small glow sticks and shut off the lights in the back yard and have the kids look for eerie, glowing eggs!
Halloween Dinner & Movies –
Nothing like watching scary movies, making a scary supper or sugary treat, and enjoying popcorn and candy! #PopcornBalls
However, you decide to celebrate Halloween this year, whither you are staying home or venturing out into the night, I hope some of these ideas help to make our favorite holiday fun, safe and full of joy and memorable for all.
When you get home make sure to hand sanitize the candy before opening and eating.
Remember to avoid crowding around, give each other 10 feet of space, wear your face masks (find or make a face mask and make it part of your costume), Please be patient, relax and have fun!
HAPPY HALLOWEEN from all of us here at The Santa Fe VIP!
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