Everything about 2020 has been an adjustment. School looks different. Our summer vacations looked different. And many holiday celebrations, some of which have already passed, others approaching, have had to be altered. 

COVID Halloween ideas

Many parents are looking ahead to Halloween and wondering what it will look like this year. While there likely will be a regional approach across Canada (will trick-or-treating be encouraged in your city?), it’s going to be different for families. Even if you aren’t allowed, or aren’t comfortable going trick or treating this year, there are many family-friendly, semi-spooky and hauntingly fun ways to enjoy Halloween with the kids in 2020, costumes always encouraged. 

Although let’s be honest, 2020 has been scary enough. So we will focus more on the fun activities to celebrate, not give a fright. 

Find a local pumpkin patch (or an outdoor community event)

visit a pumpkin patch

Local pumpkin patches are still open for business, with reduced capacity and pre-purchased tickets required. They offer the benefit of being outdoors so social distancing can still take place. Most have structures and areas to play on, or mazes to walk through and of course you can continue the annual tradition of picking a pumpkin from the patch. The Great Pumpkin himself may not show up this year to keep his space, but it doesn’t mean you can’t have some outdoor fun. 

Tip: This is a good time to post in your local mom groups on Facebook that you are a part of to hear about what is happening locally. Some restaurants, or community groups may be putting together their own safe Halloween activities and events that you won’t want to miss!

Say ‘boo‘ with your bubble

Even if you aren’t hitting up the neighbourhood on Halloween night, it doesn’t mean that a small intimate gathering with your bubble can’t be a Halloween highlight. Plan out some games (here’s a list for inspiration) or put on a kid-friendly show or movie and create treat bags to hand out (they don’t have to be filled with candy). 

Better yet, set up a Halloween scavenger hunt and hide the treats (like at Easter) for the kids to find all over the house or backyard. 

Create a mini (friendly) haunted house

create a fun haunted house

Decorating still sets the mood for Halloween and creating a mini haunted house (or room or backyard) will add a bit of mystery and adventure for your kids, especially the older ones who don’t mind feeling a bit of spookiness. Turn your basement or a bedroom into a lair and encourage them to come and explore the space. Set up some creepy music and let your kids explore.  

Provide a distanced way to deliver candy

Many neighbourhoods will still plan to welcome trick-or-treaters to their doors, but to follow a lot of safety rules and avoid gatherings of kids at the front door, people are already getting creative with how they will hand out candy. Maybe that means setting up a table in your driveway or yard where people can safely get candy. Others are creating an original delivery method where you can enjoy sitting away from guests while you hand out goodies. You may already be seeing creative plastic pipe delivery systems (like this one) to give you inspiration! 

Just because it’s going to be different this year, doesn’t mean Halloween has to be cancelled. Decorations, activities, costumes, and of course candy will help ensure the kids have a great time and maybe some new traditions will be born.

Rebecca Stanisic is a freelance writer and digital content creator. She’s been blogging on her website, A Little Bit of Momsense, since 2009 and for almost as many years has helped fellow bloggers and small business owners create and curate relevant digital content for their own businesses.  She’s the proud mom of two and is fuelled by fiction and coffee.