Don’t despair! A global pandemic doesn’t change these facts: Halloween 2020 falls on a Saturday. That evening there will be a full moon. And that night we also move the clocks back for daylight saving time. It’s the perfect recipe for a late night of ghoulish fun with loved ones.
If you have energy to muster, you could build a contactless candy delivery system, like a catapult, for the children in your neighborhood. But that’s not required to have fun this season. Even if you don’t have a DIY degree from Home Depot, we’ve got loads of ways to safely keep the spirit of Halloween alive this month.
3. Stay in costume. Dress up throughout the entire week leading up to Halloween, whether you are running errands, walking the dog or joining a Zoom meeting.
Pumpkins and decor
5. Organize a neighborhood decorating contest. My city is giving out awards for Horror House, Top Pumpkin Display and Ghouls Choice, with the winners receiving a custom sign with bragging rights for their yard or entryway. Make a map with participating homes so community members can visit.
7. Do a pumpkin carving challenge. Invite friends to throw in a few dollars to enter and use the money to buy gift cards or candy prizes. Share the photos with friends and family and let them pick first, second and third place.
Blood and guts
13. Throw a horror movie night. “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre,” “The Exorcist” and “Don’t Look Now” are good thrillers to start with. For something closer to home, there is this year’s Covid-19 horror movie, “Host,” about friends who accidentally summon an angry demon during their weekly Zoom call.
Trick or treat
18. Put treats on the driveway. Make little candy bags and line your driveway, walkway or front yard for children to take. Set up chairs outside to greet trick-or-treaters and enjoy their costumes from a distance.
Food and drinks
23. Conduct a candy taste test. You could use the limited-edition treats only sold this time of year, like Reese’s white chocolate pumpkins, Haribo S’Witches’ Brew gummies and Cadbury Screme Eggs.
Let us entertain you
25. Halloween movie night. Order skeleton pajamas for your family and for the younger set. You can’t go wrong with classics such as “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” “Halloweentown,” “Spookley the Square Pumpkin,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas” or “Hocus Pocus.”
For older audiences, the original “Halloween” and all of its sequels, “Boo! A Madea Halloween,” and the “Scary Movie” franchise all feature Halloween story lines. Or you could go with an ’80s theme and do a marathon of “Friday the 13th,” “Nightmare on Elm Street,” “Pet Sematary” and “The Shining.”
29. Ride bikes in costume. Have the family dress up in coordinating outfits and ride around the neighborhood, looking at decorations.