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Pandemic Halloween: What to Do Instead of Trick-or-Treating This Year

Pandemic Halloween: What to Do Instead of Trick-or-Treating This Year

The Covid-19 pandemic has hit the globe hard this year, pressing pause on not just businesses around the world, but also events and holidays in various communities. Now that Halloween is just a month away, parents and kids are wondering how to go about celebrating the holiday season while ensuring their health and protecting themselves against the virus, which is still very present in many cities all over the country and the world. The CDC has released guidelines on how to go about Halloween festivities this year given the Covid-19 situation. Some lower risk activities include carving or decorating pumpkins with the family and displaying them, or doing so at a safe distance with neighbors and friends. Other lower risk activities include having a virtual Halloween contest, Halloween movie night, and decorating one’s house or living space. To make the most out of pandemic Halloween this year, here are some tips to keep safe and keep the festive spirit of Halloween alive.


What to do instead of trick-or-treating this year: Bond with family members with fun games during the pandemic Halloween

1. TURNMEON 5 Pack Flame Ghost Ring Toss Game

Halloween need not be cancelled this year, as you can celebrate safely with your family at home with the Turnmeon Flame Ghost Ring Toss Game. Add a spooky flavor to the usual fun ring toss game with this kit, which includes 5 different color ghosts (green, red, orange, purple, and blue), and 10 rings in various colors. This kit is made of thickened PVC material that is durable, lightweight, and non-toxic, so it’s safe to use around kids. This easy to use Halloween game has an overall rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Promising review: “Easily full air blow up with good quality thick material, not thin, stable stand. You don’t need any tools to inflate completely. 5 large witch hat bases with 10 inflatable rings,I put them in different distances and my little kids throw to different scores. I guess it will bring super fun at the Halloween party with these toss games.” Venkata

2. Anton Publications Halloween Charades

This pandemic Halloween season, enjoy the holiday with some Halloween Charades featuring a lot of your classic and modern characters from movies, TV shows, and other spooky Halloween characters from Wizard of Oz, Hocus Pocus, Friday the 13th, and more! This game can be easily played and enjoyed by kids and kids at heart. It features several levels of difficulty to accommodate your players. So worry not about having to stay indoors this Halloween, as this fun game of charades will surely keep you and your family entertained while feasting on your favorite Halloween snacks. This game has an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Promising review: “My only wish was more cards…60 in the box. We love this game and this includes tons of laughing. The cards are good quality card stock and great for many ages. Only a couple cards younger people may not know or get people to say the correct words through acting out…those cards are famous actors of some of these classic movies. We just had the younger crowd have an ‘youngster’ pass and draw a new card.” Kathy Q.

3. Ravensburger Disney Hocus Pocus: A Cooperative Game of Magic and Mayhem

If you’re self-isolating in one house, get your siblings together for a fun game of Hocus Pocus Ravensburger this Halloween. This cooperative card game will task players to work together and protect Salem’s children from the Sanderston sisters, whose goal is to complete their wicked potion before the sun rises. Players can play potion ingredients to the cauldron and match all the colors or ingredients. Binx is on hand to help, while Winifred, Mary and Sarah cast spells to prevent you from succeeding. You can also use trucks such as Burning Rain of Death and Billy Butcherson to find your way through. This game can accommodate up to 6 players and is great for players 8 and up. It has an overall customer rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Promising review: “This is an interesting game! There’s a lot of instructions and components but it got easier as we played. We had 6 players, so we beat the game pretty quickly; in about 20 minutes (the instructions say it should take about 30 minutes). Everything is beautifully made, so I’m just happy to have it as a collector’s piece!” Christopher Demaria

4. Halloween Fun Go Fish Card Game for Kids, 3 Fun Classic Kids Games in 1 Halloween Themed Deck

For households with lots of smaller children, this Halloween Fun Go Fish Card Game will surely keep them entertained this season. It is a Halloween version of the popular classic kids games, Go Fish, Old Maid, and Slap Jack, all in one deck. The games feature adorable Halloween characters that children can easily identify. This kit includes 49 bridge-sized playing cards, game rules for Go Fish, game rules for Old Maid, and game rules for Slap Jack. Each game card measures 3.3 inches tall by 2.2 inches wide so that it’s easy to read. Great for 2 to 6 players aged 4 and up. This game has an overall rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Promising review: “Such cute cards and so many games you can play. My kids are 7 and 3 and we’ve had so much fun playing with this card deck. I play go fish with the 3 year old and war with the 7 year old and they both beat me! Highly recommend the various card decks made by this company!” Emily S.

5. Late for the Sky Zombie-opoly

In the spirit of all things spooky this pandemic Halloween, gather your loved ones for a game of Zombie-opoly, where the living dead, the undead, and lumbering corpses come out to get you! This fun Halloween zombie-themed game lets you buy favorite zombies and increase the rent by buying boxes of flesh and trading them in for a screaming human, yes you heard that right! Players beware, as you can get sent to be buried and stay underground to claw your way ouy to the surface for three turns. The Zombie-opoly game can accommodate 2 to 6 players and features three fun zombie-themed tokens, namely the shovel, severed ear, femur bone, lethal weapon, zombie boy, and human remnant. It also includes Stagger and Crawl cards, a Zombie gameboard, property deeds, and paper money. This game has an overall rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Promising review: “My son and I love this game! It’s an awesome twist on monopoly for the zombie lover! Boxes of flesh, screaming humans, get buried, etc. it’s lots of fun and a great way to teach math skills! There’s a regular way to play and a quicker option as well. If you love monopoly and zombies than this is your game!” Lisa

Pandemic Halloween: Dress up the little ones and go on a Zoom call with the grandparents to spread some cheer!

Pandemic Halloween: What to Do Instead of Trick-or-Treating This Year

1. JojosBoutique Flamingo Halloween Feathered Costume

There’s nothing quite like a cute baby wearing an equally cute and adorable Halloween costume. Now that we’re trying to self-isolate and cannot visit relatives to Trick or Treat, why not jump on a Zoom call complete in your Halloween costumes and spread some cheer, especially to our grandparents? This eye-catching flamingo Halloween feathered costume from JojosBoutique will surely brighten up anyone’s day. Made of super soft yarn, the flamingo hat features a 3D beak, paired with crocheted webbed feet with the spats that slip over your little one’s ankles and sit over their feet to give the appearance of “webbed feet.” The costumes are also made with natural feathers and now come with toddler sizes too. Shop at Etsy.

Promising review: “Hat was adorable and just as described! Received quicker than expected. Thank you for helping make my daughter’s first Halloween memorable!” Tifanie Costelow

Pandemic Halloween: What to Do Instead of Trick-or-Treating This Year

2. SuzySpecials Hand Knitted Green Yoda Like Hat and Brown Jacket Set With Slippers

Parents who are fans of Star Wars won’t miss a chance to dress their baby as baby Yoda with this fun costume from SuzySpecials. Made of acrylic yarn, this baby Yoda costume features a Yoda type hat and brown knitted jacket with ties on the front. The hat features a brim that can be turned up or down to keep the little ones ears warm. Comes in a range of sizes up to 18 months. Shop at Etsy.

Promising review: “This outfit was so amazing, I don’t even know how to describe how very happy we were with it! It’s all the things the other reviewers have said – warm, soft, amazingly well crafted. The hat is so perfect and slightly stretchy so it will fit various head sizes very well – she’ll be wearing it all winter. The robe is nice and soft and easily adjusts to fit perfectly. The little slippers… omgoodness, they’re just adorable with the little toes! The quality is just superb and I am so very, very happy our little girl had this for her first Halloween! Worth absolutely every penny and then some!” JMS4033

Pandemic Halloween: What to Do Instead of Trick-or-Treating This Year

3. TeaganAndElla Where the Wild Things Are Totally Adorable Max Wild Thing Halloween Costume

Inspired by the 2009 film “Where the Wild Things Are,” this Max costume is perfect for any storybook-themed Halloween gathering or photo shoot. This costume is crafted from materials that will keep your wild one warm and comfortable. It features an ultra soft bodysuit with an attached tail, and a detachable hood with a crown. The costume is sewn from soft fleece and has a velcro opening in the back for easy dressing. It is also lined with cotton for warmth and comfort, especially through the chillier months. Shop at Etsy.

Promising review: “This costume is ADORABLE. Very soft and well-constructed. For us, I’d say it runs quite large. We got the 2T and I’m sure that our currently 26 month old will still fit into this next year.” Aalicht

Pandemic Halloween: What to Do Instead of Trick-or-Treating This Year

4. Sisterscraftcorner Baby Candy Corn Hat

Sometimes, all you need is one accessory to complete a fun Halloween look! This season, go for the baby candy corn hat from Sisterscraftcorner. It is crocheted and handmade for newborns and is perfect for photo ops or to wear on Halloween! After all, who doesn’t love candy corn? It is made of high quality yarn and made in a smoke-free studio. Shop at Etsy.

Promising review: “This was just darling! Just like the photo and fit perfectly. Wore all leading up to Halloween. Really got us in the spirit. Also fun colors to wear around autumn.” Maya Koenig

Pandemic Halloween: What to Do Instead of Trick-or-Treating This Year

5. Oriental Cherry Sandwich Blanket Costume with Hat Baby Halloween Costume

Who doesn’t enjoy wrapping up their babies into a burrito? Swaddling has long been found to have positive effects on babies and this Halloween, you can swaddle away in style with this fun Halloween costume from Oriental Cherry. This costume features a Subway original sandwich wrap blanket and a hat with felt vegetables to complete the scrumptious sandwich look. It’s designed for babies up to 18 months old and features a fun print that makes for great photo ops. Parents love it for its value for money, warmth, and thickness. This costume has an overall rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Promising review: “Absolutely adorable! Got this as a Halloween costume for my 2 month old nephew and we have wrapped him in many times since it arrived. The blanket and hat fit perfectly. We got so many laughs for it. It’s a great quality item, nice fabric, and (again) so cute! Was exactly what I was looking for! Perfect for photos of my sweet little nephew.” Lynn

Get into the spirit! Decorate your living space for Fall and Thanksgiving, keeping in mind the blessings we still have today

1. Glitzhome 22″ Blooming Magnolia Wreath with Velvet Pumpkin and Pinecone

With harvest pumpkins and autumn-colored maple leaves, this gorgeous Blooming Magnolia Wreath from Glitzhome is sure to add some Fall cheer to any home. It features faux floral and a decoration of velvet pumpkin, magnolia flower, pinecone and berry. Get 25% off for a limited time when you use the code VIP at Macy’s.

2. Martha Stewart Collection Martha Stewart Set of 3 Glass Votives

Warm up any cozy space with this set of 3 glass votives from the Martha Stewart Collection, which comes in a gorgeous golden brown tone perfect for Fall. The holder is intended to be used with a battery operated LED candle. Made of 100% glass. Shop at Macy’s.

3. National Tree Company 12″ Decorated Autumn Lantern with LED Lights

Whether as a centerpiece for a dining table or decor for a living room bookcase, this decorated autumn lantern from the National Tree Company brings the spirit of Fall to your home. It features a burlap bow trimmed with flowers, pinecone, leaves, berries and straw. Inside the lantern, you’ll find additional fall flavored deco including pumpkin, pinecones, flowers and berries, as well as mini battery operated LED lights that shine through Fall evenings. Shop at Macy’s.

4. Lacourte Oh My Gourd 20″ x 20″ Decorative Pillow

Spruce up your living space this Fall with the Lacourte Decorative Pillow with a festive “Oh My Gourd” applique and raise machine embroidery in front. It features down alternative fill and a 100% cotton shell. Shop at Macy’s.

5. Glitzhome 36″ Fall Metal Scarecrow Yard Stake or Standing or Hanging Sign

Whether for your yard, front porch, or inside your home, this cheery darling scarecrow is a quaint little addition to any space this Fall. It features a Happy Harvest sign and functions as a yard stake, standing and hanging sign. This decor is hand-painted and embellished with a pumpkin. It is made of iron, grass, and medium-density fibreboard. Shop at Macy’s.

The pandemic Halloween season need not be a drag, especially for those who are still taking precautions and self-isolating for the sake of their loved ones’ health. This time, more than ever, it’s important to reach out to the ones we love and assure them that while we may not be physically around to celebrate Hallowen, we are still very much connected through our digital devices that make communicating easier and more convenient. For more stories on how to celebrate Halloween during these trying times and for more cute Halloween costumes, ideas, and decor, check out the links from our archive below.

Coronavirus Safety: How to Trick or Treat for Halloween During the Covid-19 Pandemic

All the Fun Halloween Costumes for Kids!

23 Best Halloween Wreaths for Every Type of Home

Halloween Inspired Bedroom Accessories and Decor

Spooktastic Halloween Costume Ideas for Your Kids

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