Ideas for a safe, fun Halloween with kids

With Halloween just a few weeks away, some families and neighborhoods are beginning to discuss plans for safe trick-or-treating. Halloween costumes are being purchased and homes will stock up on prepackaged candy.

This year will be a little different than years past as we remain cognizant of the lingering Coronavirus. According to the CDC, traditional trick-or-treating may resume in 2021, but the CDC still recommends trick-or-treating outside in small groups and avoiding crowded indoor Halloween parties.

Ideas for Coronavirus Safe Halloween Activities

Turn your lights ON if you have candy for trick or treaters and lights OFF if you're not participating.

Wear a mask and gloves while handing out candy.

Wear a mask (not part of the costume) and/or gloves while collecting candy from neighbors. 

One way trick or treating - place goodie bags or a large bowl of candy outside of your home for families to grab and go while continuing to social distance.

Trick or treat in small groups. 

Maintain a safe distance from other families on the streets.

Host a drive-by Halloween parade.

Prepare a candy scavenger hunt at home with your household members

Set up an outdoor movie theater with socially distanced blankets for families to sit and enjoy the show.

Homes providing candy may set up hand sanitizer stations outside or parents/guardians can pack a travel bottle of their own.

Deliver goodie bags via mailbox to the children of the neighborhood. 

CT State Laws for a Safe Halloween During Covid

Last year Connecticut put together a list of high, medium, and low risk situations for Halloween based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH). Their recommendations have not been updated in 2021, but many of the suggestions are still helpful!

Caitlin Houston is a Wallingford blogger and mom of two who loves sharing all of her favorites on the Caitlin Houston Blog. Learn about fun activities at home, family friendly travels, easy recipes and more.


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