Halloween in 2021 is likely to be a repeat of the restrictions of last year. Depending on where you live some children will be allowed to trick or treat, while many others will have to enjoy the holiday at home. If you have decided to try and keep Halloween as normal as possible, but are still worried about exposure to the Coronavirus, we got you covered.
Incorporate a COVID mask into your kids’ Halloween costumes
First off is finding kids’ Halloween costumes that seem perfectly normal but can include a COVID face mask. Luckily, several common costumes naturally include one such as doctor, nurse, soldier, and ninjas. Additionally, many of these can add some fake blood and face paint to become a “zombie doctor” or “zombie nurse.” Many costume sets come with a plastic mask, which could easily be worn over a standard COVID face mask, as long as airflow is not restricted.
For younger children, there are sets of reusable cloth face masks including characters such as Winnie the Pooh, Mickey Mouse, and even the Hulk and Spider-Man. These could easily be paired with outfits or accessories to fully flesh out a costume around the mask. Similarly, for older kids there are animal themed or scary faces such as clowns or skulls. Pair these with some face paint and appropriate clothes so they can scare the pants off their friends.
Precautions for Halloween during COVID-19
When you have the costume all set, you can take some other simple precautions. If you plan to hit the streets for some trick or treating then make sure to keep away from other large groups of children. Try to maintain a safe distances from the resident handing out the candy, and it might be a good idea to wear gloves. Better yet, only stop at houses where the candy is left out in goodie bags to take.
Afterward, make sure all treats are kept in their sack/bucket, and lock them away for a 72 hour quarantine period. It might be a good idea to have some pre-purchased candy at hand to give the children to enjoy Halloween night, while their own haul is off limits.
Alternatively, if your child is attending a Halloween party, remind them to keep a safe distance from other party goers.
COVID Halloween ideas for celebrating at home
If COVID-19 cases are high in your area, or there is someone at particular risk in your family, it might be a better idea to throw a party and celebrate safely at home. Decking your house out with decorations to turn it into the best haunted house in the neighborhood is another fun socially distanced activity. You can get inspiration or even enter your own home in Genes2Teens’ Halloween decoration photo contest and win a $250 Amazon gift certificate.
Get a set of Halloween printable games you can play as a family or with guests and you’ll be set with all the spooky fun you could want. You could also cozy up with some classic Halloween family films like Hocus Pocus, The Nightmare before Christmas, or Monster House.
Whatever you end up doing for Halloween, just remember to stay safe and have a spooky night you will all remember.