1. Reverse Trick-or-Treat
Kids dress up and stand in their front yards. Then get a few grown-ups together to drive by and chuck candy, parade-style. Bonus points if your car is in costume too.
2. Zoom/Video Costume Party
Get a bunch of friends together for a virtual Halloween costume party. And kids can take advantage of backgrounds – that Moana costume will be even better if she’s actually on a tropical island. Maybe plan beforehand for games or challenges that everybody can do from home. There can be a costume dance-off. You can still bob for apples, or there could even be a mummy wrap race – only instead of wrapping each other, each contestant wraps somebody else in the home on camera.
3. Trick-or-Treat Through the House
Set up each room as its own trick-or-treat station. Go big and get creative with that decorating. And the best part is – the trick-or-treater will only get the kinds of treats you want them to have.
4. Easter for Halloween
Before the trick-or-treaters come around, stash candy around your yard. As they show up, have them explore the spooky yard you’ve prepared until they find a piece of candy or two.
5. Halloween Zipline
OK, this one does take a little bit more work. But if you really want to welcome kids to your home while still maintaining the proper distance – and having some fun – it’s actually not that hard to build a small zipline. You just need a few things, and needless to say DIY zipline info is all over the internet. Test it out a few times, then send buckets of candy whizzing through your front yard every time you hear “Trick or treat!”
And though so much of Halloween does have to be changed or tweaked this year, the holiday does have one big advantage: there aren’t any other holidays better suited to wear masks.