October 1, 2020

How to Safely Celebrate Halloween in 2020

Halloween canceled? Now that’s scary.

It might not be quite the same as years past, but Halloween 2020 is most definitely taking place on October 31st as scheduled. In fact, many people began preparing for Halloween earlier and are planning to decorate more than usual. Coronavirus and flu concerns, however, should not be taken lightly. Here are a few close-to-home Halloween ideas that allow everyone to embrace a little of what we love about the holiday, while keeping physical distance from each other.

Contactless Candy Pickup

Safe to say, traditional trick-or-treating is not ideal during a pandemic. Rather than greeting every Batman and Baby Yoda face to face, consider leaving candy outside with a sign. And instead of having trick-or-treaters reach into a bowl, lay out candy bags on a table so they can each take one without touching the rest of the supply. If you’re home, wave through the window!

Reverse Trick-or-Treating

Most of us equate trick-or-treating to taking candy, but what about vice versa? As a reverse trick-or-treater, you can walk through your neighborhood giving candy for the neighbors’ kids to enjoy. No need to knock; just drop a bag of goodies in the mailbox. You can include a note if you want them to know it’s from you—or be a sweet, anonymous Samaritan. Read more about the heartfelt story of how reverse trick-or-treating came to be.

Front Yard Halloween Scene

Have more time on your hands working from home, or simply want to take on a DIY project that will help clear your mind? Make this your biggest year yet for decorating. The Los Angeles Times writes:

“String up some lights. Invest in a fog machine. Stuff some old clothes to make a headless scarecrow … or invest in something more elaborate at local stores. Decorate or carve multiple pumpkins — have a family contest and ask neighbors to vote on their favorites…”

Looking for more inspiration? Check out High Tech’s own Halloween landscaping themes and ideas.

Backyard Social Bubble

It’s possible to have a Halloween party—albeit small and socially distant—if you and your guests feel comfortable. With the holiday season ahead, now might be a good time to create a “social bubble” of people with whom you plan to celebrate. This means choosing a few close friends and/or family members who agree to assume each other as safe and minimize contact with people outside of the bubble.

On Halloween, host your social bubble in your garden, on your patio, or by your fire pit. Want to create a true bubble HQ? See how High Tech can help design and build your dream outdoor space.

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