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Celebrating Halloween During COVID-19

Celebrating Halloween in 2020 During COVID-19

Weeks before October 31, stores pile up on Halloween supplies. Pumpkins, candy apples, and candy corn fill every corner of shopping malls, lightening up the imagination and craving of youngsters all over North America.

This year, even with COVID-19 numbers still on the rise in the United States, it's no different. As October 31 approaches, kids and parents get caught in the shopping frenzy and the Halloween costumes.

In this article, you will find tips and recommendations on how you and your children can celebrate Halloween safely.

Halloween carved pumkin image

Halloween Origins

According to the Oxford dictionary, the name Halloween derives from All-Hallows-Even, a Scottish version of “the night before All Hallows Day”, observed on November 1. The celebration of Halloween is commonly associated with a Celtic festival first heard of in the 16th century.


Gothic and somber writing is considered the main inspiration for the “Halloween look.” Dark clothes, horror masks, and items linked to the occult are certain to abound at Halloween parties. Themes of death, evil, and ghosts also abound. Small children may find Halloween costumes disturbing and thus must be guided by their parents around this date.

Main Activities on Halloween

Besides costume parties for the adult, children beg for candy around neighborhoods during Halloween. Usually disguised, they ask for treats by asking “Trick or treat”, meaning “I will misbehave in your property unless you give me treats.” Most adults stock up on candy to give out on Halloween as children knock on their doors.

This year, we will be playing it safe and instead of answering the door for trick-or-treaters, we will place a candy basket on our front porch for children to take a few pieces. We still want to participate in the fun of Halloween but we also want to follow Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for Halloween and social distance.

Best 2020 Halloween Safety tips

Halloween 2020 Safety Tips

Times are a little different this year with millions of COVID-19 cases currently in the United States. You and your children could be at a higher risk of exposure to COVID-19 if proper safety precautions are not followed. Here is a list of highlights that the CDC is recommending that you can put in place for safe and healthy Halloween celebrations this year:

  • Make sure you and your children wash your hands frequently.
  • Wear a mask at all times when around people who don’t live in your household to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
  • Avoid singing, chanting, or shouting, especially when not wearing a mask and within 6 feet of others. Do not use costume masks in place of cloth masks.
  • Do not use a costume mask (such as for Halloween) as a substitute for a cloth mask unless it is made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers your mouth and nose and doesn’t leave gaps around your face.
  • Do not wear a costume mask over a cloth mask because it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe. Instead, consider using a Halloween-themed cloth mask. Minimize gestures that promote close contact. For example, do not shake hands, elbow bump, or give hugs. Instead wave and verbally greet others.

You can find the entire list of Center for Disease Control recommendations for celebrating the holiday safely HERE.

Is the Holiday a Pagan Celebration?

Halloween is not a wide-world celebration. In North America and Great Britain Halloween is widely celebrated, however, in many other countries the date is completely ignored, although every year the occasion seems to be gaining popularity in other countries.

Many Hispanic countries are split in their acceptance of Halloween. Due to their mainly Catholic heritage, and the opinion that Halloween is a pagan festival to worship death and the occult, Hispanics, especially in rural areas, largely fear or reject the celebration. Some schools, like Lincoln International Academy in Managua, Nicaragua, discourage its students to celebrate Halloween and prohibit any type of costume or fashion related to the celebration.

If you don't find Halloween imagery incompatible with your religion or faith, make sure your children visit only known houses or neighborhoods.

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Safety Tips

Higher risk activities include large gatherings with people interacting without proper cloth face masks on. Please make sure to wear a face mask and ensure that your child keeps there mask on at all times when interacting with others.

For fewer distractions and best safety practices, adults and children with phones should carry them either in their pocket or in a bag so full attention is on where you are walking. 

Please make sure you and your kids can be seen in the dark by wearing neon glowstick necklaces, wristlets, and/or armbands.

Again, make sure to wash your hands frequently! Carrying a small bottle of hand sanitizer to use after touching surfaces and if you happen to come in contact with someone's hands would be helpful to quickly kill germs.

Halloween Blog Post 2020

How Will You Celebrate?

Will you and/or your children be celebrating Halloween this year? Are you giving candy to trick-or-treaters? Will your kids be doing traditional trick-or-treating? Or, will you be doing something different to be cautious and to social distance? Please let us know in the comments below.

Looking for more at-home ideas to have a fun and safe Halloween this year?  Check out this article on Porch.Com HERE.

 Whatever you decide to do, we hope you celebrate the holiday safely!

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  • As someone who isn’t a fan of Halloween, I definitely can’t relate but I see how creative people are getting since the current virus situation. It seems this period has made people more creative when it comes to skills and adjusting to the “new” way of life.

  • In Europe we don’t really do trick and treat. Usualy we would have scary parties and such but with this virus still around and a new lock down everything is canceled here. I only did a bit of decoration at home and we will bakes some special cookies during weekend.

  • Indya | The Small Adventurer
    October 27, 2020 11:10 pm

    It’s nice to see someone teaching the fact that Halloween isn’t a worldwide phenomenon and that it’s actually quite a small holiday! Here in Australia, most of us really don’t care about the holiday. However, we DO take a lot of inspiration from America, so our interest in it *does* grow each year! For me, 2020 was probably the year that I got into Halloween the most, as I was amazed that, even in 2020 – the year seemed the darkest, at least in my own lifetime – people still came together (metaphorically speaking) to celebrate a holiday that they truly love. To me, that clearly means there must be something good about this holiday, so I think I’m going to get more into Halloween in the future. I’m going to decorate the house more, make more recipes, and even make my own costumes. Sure, we may not have trick or treaters over here, but most of my blog’s audience is from the US, so at least someone will enjoy the things I make! 😊

  • Are numbers really on the rise in the US right now? A report on our local radio station recently said that we could expect approximately 40-45% of the trick or treaters that we would normally see due to COVID this year. That being said, I don’t live in a ‘high risk’ area in the province. There are a few locations that have been advised not to engage in trick or treating as their numbers are currently surging.

    • Unfortunately, the Covid numbers are on the rise because people won’t wear masks. We could slow the numbers down if people would simply wear masks. It is very frustrating.

      I don’t think my neighborhood will be doing any type of trick-or-treating as we just had a bad storm and the power is out due to downed trees.

  • Good luck to parents trying to get excited kids to stick to these social distancing rules lol.

  • Lucy Dorrington
    October 27, 2020 3:39 pm

    Halloween is certainly going to look a bit different this year, I just hope everyone still manages to have a safe and enjoyable time.

    October 27, 2020 1:30 pm

    My children love Halloween and not just because of the candy. We’re planning on watching scary movies and eating sweets.

  • it’s a great idea! we will be home, just the two of us, watching movies, baking and coloring cookies

  • The celebration certainly won’t look like many of us are used to, but it’s just another event this year that we’re going to have to be creative with!

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