Socially distant Halloween ideas for kids

Posted at 3:20 PM, Oct 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-14 08:29:19-04

NORFOLK, Va. - A lot of parents are facing a tough decision - should they let their kids go trick-or-treating this year?

Although the CDC lists it as a high-risk activity, 34% of people say they plan to keep up the tradition, according to a survey from Apartment Guide.

They may not have as much candy to collect, though. Nearly half of those surveyed say they don't plan to pass out candy at their homes.

If you'd rather keep your kids home, there are some other options to have fun on Halloween while staying safe.

"There's still lots of Halloween activities that don't involve going and getting candy," said Brian Carberry, managing editor of Apartment Guide.

One option is a scavenger hunt where you give your kids clues and hide candy at the end.

"It's a great way to keep kids entertained without just going and giving them candy," said Carberry.

Click here for scavenger hunt instructions and clues you can print out.

Another way to celebrate is to play bingo. Make each square on the card a costume that you see someone wearing.

You could also hold a virtual costume contest with your kids' friends through Zoom.

Related: How to safely celebrate Halloween in Hampton Roads

If you want to do something more similar to traditional trick-or-treating, your neighborhood could hold a drive-by trick-or-treating event where people toss candy to kids lined up on the street - similar to a parade - or find other ways to pass out candy from a distance.

"One of the more ingenious ideas I've seen is someone basically took a downspout and created a tube so they can stand on their front porch and just drop the candy down it," said Carberry.

Although skipping the traditional candy collecting may be a disappointment for kids, Carberry says getting a little creative can help make sure they still have a memorable Halloween.