Halloween is one of our favorite holidays. Last year was really the first time our girls could handle trick-or-treating for more than an hour, so we were looking forward to this year (especially with Halloween actually being on a weekend! But then, 2020 happened.
As of me writing this blog post, our town has not adjusted it’s Halloween 2020 plans. Wisconsin’s COVID data is looking pretty bleak so we’ve decided to start reimagining our 2020 Halloween plans and setting expectations for our kids now. Just because it will look and be different, it doesn’t mean Halloween can’t be fun and memorable. If anything, we want to make this one we will remember even if it’s not normal.
Here are a few ways we are changing things up for this year:
- Setting expectations ahead of time: This seems super simple, right? I think the biggest thing I’ve seen in this pandemic is that kids will react the same way you do. So be truthful, tell them we are making some changes to help keep our community safe, but we can still have fun. Brainstorm together what they definitely want to do for Halloween and see how you can make it happen for them. Maybe you just trick or treat with your “pod” of friends or their school pod. Maybe you just trick or treat with the family. Maybe it’s a drive-through situation. There will be a way to trick or treat without going up to houses, just put a positive spin on it and be creative.
- THIS IS MY FAVORITE!! I got this idea from my favorite infectious disease specialist Laurel on her Instagram over the weekend. Easter eggs. But make it Halloween. I’m actually not going to link to any glow in the dark eggs because the reviews were not great, but I am going to try to make a DIY. Basically, if you are having trick or treating, put your candy in easter eggs and put them around your yard. Kids can just run up and grab one, no need to get close to one another! You can also get glow in the dark eggs and have a “zombie eggs” (or spiders or insert your favorite Halloween monster here) and do a hunt just with your kids in the yard when it gets dark.
- Speaking of getting dark – set up an outdoor movie! Since Halloween is on the weekend, I am planning a fun night in our backyard. We will be getting out lots of blankets, making a fire, having kid and adult Halloween cocktails, and watching Hocus Pocus outside. Fingers crossed for good weather!
I am planning on trying out a few different DIY ideas to make glow in the dark eggs this week, and plan to share more on my blog! I would love to know your plans for Halloween this year, make sure to leave a comment!