COVID-19 & Halloween – How to Celebrate While Staying Safe in Connecticut
During these crazy times, this is going to be a Halloween like no other. Of course we all want nothing more than to spend time with our family and friends around the holidays, but if we are going to visit our loved ones we need to make sure we’re being safe. That includes protecting ourselves as well as the people we love from the Coronavirus.
The below tips and tricks will help you and your families stay safe this Halloween season, whether staying local to Connecticut or visiting family and friends in other states. Halloween is here! That means the leaves are starting to change, there’s an extra chill in the air, and Hocus Pocus will be playing on repeat – So looking forward to that! It’s time to enjoy the holiday and just because it may look a little different doesn’t mean it has to be any less fun!
From pumpkin and apple picking to enjoying a hike in the woods and watching the fall leaves change colors before your very eyes – There are so many activities you can enjoy outdoors, especially in the East Coast / Connecticut area. You can visit Connecticut’s scariest locations like Boothe Memorial Park in Stratford and Devil’s Hopyard State Park in East Haddam. There’s an unlimited amount of safe and family friendly activities to participate in this Halloween season, the hardest part will be deciding which ones to choose!
Growing up on the East Coast I remember driving around and looking at houses that were decorated for Halloween with my family. It was one of my favorite activities to do for Halloween, well, that and dressing up of course!
There’s no age limit on getting dressed up for Halloween and showing off your scary, funny, cute, out-of-this-world costume through your neighborhood. Walking through town, saying hello to friends and neighbors while maintaining a safe distance is possible and recommended this Halloween season.
Connect with Loved Ones Online
Now-a-days it’s so simple to connect with loved ones remotely by using our computers, tablets, or mobile phones. Connecting virtually is the safest way to protect you and your family from COVID-19 this holiday season.
You and your loved ones can set up contests for the best decorated living rooms or front yards. Why not plan to cook the same recipes? Then, you can even enjoy the same food as your friends and family at the same time! Start your own Halloween costume contest, even though you know you’re going to lose to your cousin’s dog who’s dressed up as a taco.
Connecting and bonding with the people we love is more important now than ever before. Set up a time when you and your family will be in front of the computer. You can even watch a movie together, just make sure everyone presses play at the same time.
Keep Masks and Gloves On for Added Protection
If you decide to go to an event or meet with family or friends be sure that you and the people around you are staying protected by practicing social distancing when possible and by wearing masks and gloves while close to other people.
Wearing masks is something we do every Halloween anyway! Sure, it looks a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t have just as much fun. Wearing masks protect you and your loved ones while also reducing the potential spread to others.
Have fun this holiday season, but keep the mask handy just in case!
Set Up a Candy Dispenser Instead of Greeting Trick-or-Treaters
There’s nothing better than staying home on Halloween and greeting trick-or-treaters at the door. We can still have just as much fun this year, but in a slightly different way.
How about this year instead of opening the door to trick-or-treaters, you set up a candy dispenser on the front lawn? You can still wave to the kids in their cute costumes from the window and they will happily wave back, feeling satisfied that they still got the sweets they’ve been looking forward to all year!