Its no surprise that this year’s Halloween is set to be different. For many the idea of Trick or Treating is a step too far, but many savvy parents are thinking of ways to celebrate Halloween safely.
Here are some of the ideas we like:
- Hold a virtual party with quizzes and games instead of trick or treating
- Encourage children to join in with a treasure hunt for treats at home rather than visiting other households.
- If you really feel you must go trick or treating, agree with households before calling on them. And keep to a minimum.
- When leaving gifts for trick or treating children try not to leave them in a bowl or bag where they will be tempted to dip their hands in and potentially share viruses on their hands.
- Have hand gel ready for your visitors and wear a mask yourself.
- Only offer wrapped treats and hand out individually, preferably to parents.
- Make little parcels and tie to branches of a tree
- Consider offering non-food treats such as crayons, stickers, erasers etc
- When thinking of making Halloween outfits consider making a face mask part of the outfit to encourage children to wear one.
- Avoid calling on elderly and vulnerable neighbours. They are scared enough of this pandemic
- If you don’t want Trick or Treaters, leave a polite note on your front door requesting no callers this year
- Create space at the front door to allow for distancing. Mark out with chalk footprints where children are allowed to stand
As we are a tooth-friendly bunch we would love to see everyone looking to offer sugar free or tooth-friendlier snacks to sweets. It’s a lot easier than you might think. Its nice to have a small amount of sugary treats but maybe we need to rethink how many sweets our kids end up with at Halloween. Nobody wants to see youngsters with tooth decay especially in a lockdown!
Have a Halloween party at home.
Get the kids to make their own decorations and treats.
Whatever you do, we hope you have a safe and Happy Halloween.