For over a decade now we’ve shared about how to celebrate our favorite holiday in healthier, safer ways.
And this year we are doing just that, but Halloween in Quarantine certainly looks a bit different. Like most things in 2020, however, Halloween could lose it’s fun.
While it might be tempting, the CDC does not recommend traditional trick-or-treating this year, and many households will not be participating – at least traditionally. But that doesn’t mean the holiday fun has to be cancelled! There are many safer alternatives to trick-or-treating that you and your family can do to keep any disappointments at bay and still fight the spread of Covid-19.
First, Some History
Halloween is a fan-favorite holiday because there is something in it for everyone, whether you’re a horror-buff, an all-out home decorator, or big into makeup and DIY. But have you ever stopped to ask yourself what we’re actually celebrating?
Halloween is one of those rare holidays where there isn’t just one answer. It’s a hodgepodge of culture, customs, and traditions all rolled into one amazing night.
So if you’re looking for something to do this socially-distanced spooky season, make this the year you and your family learn more about the origins of the holiday with some in-home celebrations.
Why Break Tradition?
Many of the traditional Halloween activities we look forward to during “Spooky Season,” like costume parties, haunted houses, and trick-or-treating, aren’t recommended activities this year due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
This means inevitable disappointment, since many homes won’t be participating this year. And not changing up your routine may be more disappointing for the kids, when there are so many more fun alternatives out there. This year, you’re going to have to figure out how to Halloween in quarantine.
Create New Traditions Worth Carrying Forward
You’ve Been Boo’d
Some people have begun popularizing a form of Halloween chain letter madness called “Booing”. In this game, you secretly deliver treats, a set of instructions and a door sign to two friends in your neighborhood. The instructions tell them to hang the “We’ve Been Boo’d” sign on their door, copy the sign and instructions twice, then deliver them and some treats to two other friends. The idea is to spread the booing to as many people as possible. It’s a fun game and can be a bonding experience for entire towns if it catches on just right!
As our kids have gotten older and Trick or Treating became less exciting for them, we’ve shifted our excitement over to Halloween decorating. Our attic is full of decorations and props we’ve collected or built over the years ranging from the tame black cats and spider webs, to the creepy, scary, gory body parts and fake organs. We go all out with decorations every year, often built around a theme (we love a good HP house).