Trick or treating in 2020 is a scary idea. Nobody wants their kid scrabbling around in buckets along with the sticky paws of neighbourhood kids. Add the restrictions on gathering with friends and family and Halloween 2020 looks like another victim of our dire times.
For the sake of all the kids out there and adults who still act like kids, let's apply some creative thinking and rescue Halloween 2020 from the gloom.
With Halloween falling on a Saturday this year, why not make a day of it. Gather your rule of six family or bubble and plan a day of old fashioned fun.
Don't Spare The Costumes.
Forget the store-bought costumes this year and involve everyone in crafting their costumes. Gather dress-up clothes, makeup, jewellery and a few Pinterest boards for inspiration. Create a family theme it could be as simple as witches or as exotic as a Dia De Los Muertos. This is also a good way to save money and the planet from disposable clothing. The New York Times has a great article on how to make masks.
Decorate The House And Garden.
Instead of focusing on the front of the house, bring your decorations inside and into the back garden. Save some of the more creative tasks for the day so the kids can enjoy decorating pumpkins and hanging spooky cobwebs.
Decorate the garden with torches and smoking pumpkins for a Druid vibe. A scary cake firework will round out the evening.
Involve the community
Just like the Thursday clap for the NHS, a small gesture helps relieve isolation and bring the community together. Email, phone or post flyers to suggest neighbours gather on their doorsteps at 7 pm to view and applaud the kid's costumes.
Scary Movie Night
If You Don't Have A Garden you live in a flat or just love to watch movies fill plastic buckets with popcorn and sweets and settle on the sofa for a night of horrors. The Cut has an extensive list of the best films
While we may be Zoomed out it is still the safest way to stay connected with family and friends. If you have a large extended family with lots of kids you could arrange to have each child give a short performance. Coach them to do something that connects to their costume and have every child win a prize.
For singletons play a game of charades where all the words are Halloween themed. Heads Up is another party game that works well on zoom.
Halloween Sweety Hunt
Instead of trick or treating hide sweets around the house just like an easter egg hunt. For older kids and adults you could even set up a scavenger hunt with clues that lead to one grand prize.
We hope this gives you some ideas for a happy Halloween.