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This year has been like no other. Seasons are changing and the pandemic does not seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. This leaves many of us questioning what the fall and winter holidays will look like. Next on the calendar: Halloween. With Halloween just days away, many parents are struggling to come up with Halloween ideas that keep their children’s safety in mind while still allowing them to have fun. 

In addition, for many children, Halloween is a day they can dress up and pretend to be their favorite superhero, magical character or a spooky zombie and collect a ton of candy! However, this year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising that traditional door-to-door trick or treating should be avoided. This doesn’t mean we can’t bring this spooky season to life!

Halloween ideas for a COVID-safe and fun night

Halloween is the perfect time to let our imaginations run wild and come up with a creative approach to keep kids safe and happy—without the fright of risking COVID-19 exposure. Consider the following low-risk Halloween ideas for an enjoyable night of spooks and fright.

1. Trick-or-Treat with a twist

It’s not Halloween if you don’t get to shout Trick-or-Treat! Decorate the inside of your home and have your children go from room to room to collect candy. If you want to go all out, each room can have a theme or spooktacular decorations.

2. Snuggle with your monster and watch movies.

Since getting dressed in a costume is what makes Halloween exciting, let your child watch the movie in their costume. It would be extra fun if you can find a movie that goes with their costume.

3. Pumpkin party!

Have a pumpkin decorating party with your household. Pumpkin decorating can be fun for all ages. You can either paint pumpkins, carve pumpkins or get a decorating kit. Make sure to snap photos and ask friends on social media to vote for their favorite!

4. Make Halloween treats.

Many little ones enjoy being involved in the kitchen. Invite your children to help you make some goodies! Check out these fun Halloween themed goodies for some inspiration!

Monster teeth

You will need:

• Red apples
• A bag of mini marshmallows
• A jar of peanut butter
• A knife

Slice the apples into wedges. Spread peanut butter on one side of each apple slice. Put the marshmallows on top of the peanut butter. Place the other slice with peanut butter on top of the marshmallows and gently press down for it to stick.

Mummy juice box

You will need:

• Juice boxes or water bottles
• A roll of gauze
• A bag of Googly eyes
• Glue

This is a quick and easy one! Wrap the juice box or water bottle with gauze. Glue the googly eyes on the gauze.

Creepy crawly Oreo spiders

You will need:

• A box of Oreos
• Pretzel sticks
• Candy corn
• Mini marshmallows
• Black icing

Stick the pretzel sticks into the icing of the Oreo. Put the icing on one side of the marshmallows and stick onto the top of the Oreo for the eyes. Dab a dot of black icing on top of the marshmallow. Cut the white section of the candy corn off and stick in between the Oreo for the fangs.

Halloween shaped snacks

You will need:

• Spooky Halloween cookie cutters
• Cucumbers
• Apples
• Cheese blocks

You can make Halloween shapes with the snack of your choice!

5. Spooky scavenger hunt.

You can do this in daylight or if your children are older and braver, wait until the sun goes down for added fright! Hide treats in your backyard, hand over the flashlights and let the spooky search begin! You could also make your yard glow by attaching glow sticks to the treats for the younger ones to be able to find them.

6. Costume contest.

Participate in a virtual costume contest! Due to the pandemic, many businesses are turning to virtual contests instead of hosting them in person. Have your child participate in some of these as a way for them to be excited about showing off their costume.

7. Full moon? Oh my!

Stock up on snacks and camp out under the moon in your backyard. This year there will be a full moon on Halloween! Don’t miss it! There won’t be another full moon on Halloween until 2039!

Carlson Cares

We care about your safety and the safety of your loved ones. If you are in the Round Rock area, come by our office at 1717 N Interstate Hwy 35 for our Carlson Cares Trunk-or-Treat drive-thru event on Oct. 30. Give your kiddos the opportunity to receive candy, while practicing social distancing. We will be handing out pre-filled goodie bags! For more information visit us on Facebook!

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