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Celebrating Halloween During COVID-19

4 Halloween Alternatives For Complex Learners

COVID-19 HalloweenFrom a drawer full of masks to hand sanitizer in short supply – things have been a bit different these past 8 months! From birthday parades to virtual learning, we have all been challenged to adapt our plans and change our way of celebrating due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. This year, Halloween is no exception.

As cases continue to rise across the country, many are wondering if Halloween can still go on? Is it safe to gather as a group? Can you socially distance at your traditional Halloween party? Is it safe to go house to house to go trick or treating? While the regulations differ from state to state, we advise you to follow your state’s guidelines and do what’s best for you and your family. But if you’re looking for alternative ways to celebrate this festive day, take a look at our 4 alternative activities for Complex Learners. Don’t worry – they can all still involve candy!

  1. Movie Marathon

Whether it’s with the family or a Netflix Teleparty with friends –celebrate Halloween with some favorite Halloween films. Share some old favorites like The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown or check out some recent ones like the new animated Adams Family!

Get into the spirit of things by having everyone in the family dress up as their favorite character for the movie. You can even make some delicious Halloween treats to enjoy while watching the films.

For older children, a Netflix Teleparty gives them the option of watching films with their friends. On what is normally a very social holiday, this is a great way to get that personal interaction while still staying safe.

  1. Pumpkin Painting or Carving

What better way to celebrate Halloween than with some pumpkin painting and carving (depending on your child’s age and ability)?! For older kids, host a competition and have everyone carve their pumpkins separately and then gather in the back yard for a big reveal. For little ones, pick up mini pumpkins and get out the paint for a fun-filled night!

  1. Virtual Party

Just because you might not be leaving the house this year, doesn’t mean you have to miss out on wearing a costume! Invite friends, cousins, neighbors, co-workers, and classmates to join in for a fun virtual costume party. Everyone can get the chance to “model” their costume and participants could even vote for their favorites.

If you’re able to plan this in advance, you can even send out Halloween treat bags to all attendees with candy, a Halloween bingo card, and other fun games you can play together virtually.

  1. Scavenger Hunt

Hide Halloween items (spider webs, pumpkins, a witch’s broom) around the house and challenge your child to go explore and find them all. Siblings can work as a team or it can be every man for himself as they try to find every item on the list!

Once completed, celebrate by decorating some Halloween cookies and listening to some festive tunes!

While Halloween masks have a different meaning this year, there are still plenty of ways to get festive this October 31st. How do you plan to celebrate Halloween? Share your ideas in the comments below!

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