Halloween, COVID-Style

Halloween is hands down my favorite holiday, second to none. I love the idea that on this one day, you can dress up and pretend to be anything or anyone you’d like, and I love the costume creativity and ingenuity I’ve seen over the years on this day. But this year’s Halloween is going to be unlike any other we’ve ever seen due to COVID. In fact, a lot of cities–my own included–have either banned trick-or-treating and/or are still not able to have large gatherings. So how are we lovers of all things Halloween going to still have a great time this year? I have a few ideas for the old, the young, and the young at heart.

If haunted houses are usually your go-to event of the season, you can still experience one this year–in your car! Drive-through haunts have popped up all over, offering light-hearted fun ones for the younger crowd and darker, fiercer ones for those who are older and want a bit more of a scare. I myself will be going to an adult one on the night before Halloween that features not only a drive-through trail that’s supposed to be an ultimate scary experience but also a staged show at the end that’s also promising to not disappoint. There’s still time to find yourself an experience like this but I would suggest booking one ASAP in order to get the time slot and day you want.

Next, the candy thing. I don’t know about other parents, but I look forward to my son’s bucket of candy every year because in our house, the Candy Fairy comes and takes it all away after a week (he’s still young enough to believe this). Of course the Candy Fairy is myself and Hubs who hide it and eat our favorites out of it for a couple weeks. But where are we going to get our candy supply from this year? We’re going to have a candy scavenger hunt for our son in our own backyard, kind of like an Easter egg hunt but minus the eggs and at nighttime with flashlights. We live in SoCal and don’t have to worry about inclement weather, but you can always move the hunt inside if you live where the weather is less friendly. If you decide to do this for your own children, might I suggest keeping notes for where you’ve hidden the candy, especially if you do it outside. Otherwise, you may have some unwanted furry critters finding your hidden treasure long after the holiday passes. Also, our city will have several drive-through sites in its downtown area on Halloween morning that will be passing out candy, so we’ll swing by a couple of those as well to make sure our son (and the Candy Fairy) have a decent haul this year.

Last but not least, the decorations. Do you still decorate for Halloween even though it’s not a typical Halloween celebration? Hells. Yes. I knew I’d properly ingrained a love of Halloween into my son because he asked me at the end of last month when we were going to decorate the house. I literally heard angels singing when he asked because I was worried he wouldn’t have any spirit this year. So happy I was wrong! I’ve been stocking up on decorations for many years now by going to the stores the week after the holiday and getting everything on sale. Needless to say, our amount of inside and outside decorations isn’t too shabby and every room in our house has something festive. My latest favorite addition is a skull I found last year at an end-of-season sale for $1 that was missing an eye. I found some cheap replacement beads and it’s now sitting on my desk at home, looking deliciously creepy like this:

If you’d lost some of your Halloween spirit I hope you’ve now gained it all back. COVID has changed our lives for the time being but remember, our current way of living is not a forever thing. The best way to get through and keep keeping on is to not lose our love of and enthusiasm for our favorite things during this time. So with that: get to decorating, book the drive-through event of your choice, and remember where you hide the candy for the kids so you can eat it later after it “all goes away.” Happy Halloween!

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