Halloween 2020 is creeping up on us, and fast. It’s a scary, we know. Not in a psycho killer lurking in the shadows, scary movie kind of way, but more of anxiety-inducing, how do we celebrate Halloween safely during a world-wide pandemic, kind of way. It’s stressful. Halloween 2020 is going to have to be different than previous years. The CDC has officially warned against typical trick-or-treating activities. So, how do you keep Halloween alive in such a ghoulish year?
Don’t fret. Halloween 2020 can still be fang-tastic fun for everyone. Here in Vermont we know a thing or two about staying safe during a pandemic. With our abundance of caution and strict adherence to guidelines, Vermont has been able to keep its rates of COVID-19 low. We’re here to help make your Halloween celebrations sweet. Whether it’s your family’s first Halloween or you’ve got a house full of kids that are “too old to trick-or-treat”, here’s a list of things to do to keep the Halloween spirit alive!
10 Fun Ways to Celebrate Halloween During COVID-19
1. Decorate your house
Start the Halloween festivities by decorating your house in early October. You can keep it classic with pumpkins, mums, and homemade scarecrows. Or go all out and transform your place into a scary haunted house complete with spider webs, a graveyard lawn, and creepy ghosts.
2.) Carve pumpkins
Turn carving pumpkins into a full afternoon of family fun. Venture out to your local pumpkin patch to select the perfect pumpkins. Then warm up at home with mug of gourmet hot chocolate while you carve away. Pro tip: Use an electric drill to clean and carve your pumpkin with ease.
3.) Make mini jack-o-lanterns
If carving pumpkins with knives and power tools isn’t your thing, make mini jack-o-lanterns instead. For this kid-friendly activity, all you need is little creativity, a bag of organic dark chocolate caramel pumpkins, and a black permanent marker.
4.) Get lost at your local corn maze
Grab your family or close friends (in your pod) and spend the afternoon getting lost in the twists and turns of the corn maze. It’s easy to adhere to social distancing requirements while enjoying some time outside in the brisk fall air. Just be sure to bring a warm hat in case it gets chilly and a bag of peanut butter snack bites for extra energy.
5.) Make mummy marshmallows
Looking for a creative activity you can do at home in the safety of your own home? Get in the Halloween spirit with these frightfully delicious DIY mummy marshmallow pops. Kids of all ages will have fun assembling and decorating these tasty Halloween treats!
6.) Enter our virtual Halloween Costume Contest
All dressed up with nowhere to go? Enter our virtual Halloween costume contest. To enter, simply submit a photo of you, your family, or your pets all dressed up for Halloween, tag it #costumes4chocolate, and then get your family and friends to vote for your photo. The costume photo with the most votes wins a 6-month supply of chocolate!
7.) Watch scary movies
There’s nothing like a night of scary movies to celebrate Halloween. Whether you go for a classic Freddy Krueger thriller or choose something a little more light-hearted, like Hocus Pocus, make sure you have plenty of chocolate to soothe your soul at the end of the night.
8.) Tell spooky stories at a backyard campfire
Gather your little ghosts, ghouls, and goblins for a fright-filled evening of fun. Set up a (safe) backyard campfire or tabletop s’mores roaster. Then, have a competition to see who can tell the scariest story while you roast s’mores. (Just make sure your s’mores kit doesn’t include any scary ingredients like artificial flavors or preservatives.)
9.) Go trick-or-treating in your back yard
If you are concerned about the safety of traditional trick-or-treating, try setting up treat stations in your backyard. Focus on quality over quantity this year, by stocking your stations with the best organic Halloween chocolates. Then invite your pod over for a COVID-friendly evening of trick-or-treating.
10.) Get creative with candy delivery
Still planning on the traditional neighborhood trick-or-treating? Find a creative way to deliver candy to trick-or-treaters while still maintaining social distance. Whether you build a chute, a candy zip line, use a drone, or even set up a curbside Halloween station - giving out Lake Champlain Chocolates is guaranteed to make you the best house on the block!
Even though there is a world-wide pandemic, Halloween isn’t cancelled. You can still be safe while having a fun and frightfully delicious Halloween with your close friends and family. Show us how you are celebrating Halloween differently this year. Share a photo and tag it #Halloween2020 #makeitextraordinary!