Check out these 5 tips for making it a safe Halloween to remember.
Halloween is a favorite in our household. After all, how many nights a year can little kids not only stay up late but actually - gasp! - walk the streets in the dark? It’s the stuff dreams are made of for many kids, and I for one plan to relish this time before they inevitably grow out of the novelty and excitement of Halloween.
I think we can agree, however, that this year will be a bit different. Although COVID may open the door for pandemic-related, hazmat-suit costumes, there are obvious limitations in terms of how we can celebrate the event. Typically, our Lower School hallway would be filled with Día de Los Muertos shrines created by Ms. Stecher’s Spanish students. Our administrative team would be planning the Halloween assembly, complete with costume parades on stage and songs sung by every grade - including the show-stopping Kindergarten and 8th grade buddy teams. That assembly would normally be followed by a dress down day where students change from their costumes into street clothes for the remainder of the school day.
There is a certain amount of disquiet we feel as a school community when we are unable to carry out our favorite traditions. And although this Halloween may not look like those of the past, we are working hard to ensure that our students have a memorable, if novel, experience.
Details are forthcoming on the plan for Halloween at The Country School, but in the meantime, use these tips below for planning your family’s fun but safe Halloween.
Spooky movie night. Dress as your favorite movie characters and have family movie night, complete with snacks and drinks. For age-appropriate movie options, consult Common Sense Media.
Decorate pumpkins. Log onto your favorite video chat platform and spend time with family or friends carving or decorating pumpkins. Take turns showing each other your creations. Or have a socially-distanced, outdoor pumpkin decorating event with family, friends, or neighbors.
Make Halloween treats. Don’t make candy your go-to! Check out these creative ideas for Halloween-themed noshes.
Scavenger hunt. You can limit this to your own house/yard or organize with your neighbors to make it fun for all the kids. Make items on the list ones that you don’t necessarily have to touch, but rather just locate.
Neighborhood parade. Coordinate a socially-distanced parade down your block, complete with candy or treats that are not in a communal bucket.
It’s also wise to have a virtual or indoor backup plan. Weather can be unpredictable, or you may find that your best laid plans turn out to include more people than are safe to be around. Have a Plan B for family fun at home.
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