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How to celebrate Halloween in a COVID-19 world

Halloween is the next big holiday coming around and people are already coming up with creative ways to celebrate.

SPOKANE, Wash — For over six months, most of us haven’t been able to see our friends or celebrate birthdays and holidays due to the coronavirus pandemic.

All of us are getting rather antsy to do all those things again but some are worried about how to do so safely.

Halloween is the next big holiday coming around and people are already coming up with creative ways to celebrate.

From trick-or-treating to costume parties, here are some ways to do all of it in a coronavirus world.

Local Events this Halloween

Many of our traditions in Spokane are adjusting to the pandemic. Here are some things you can still do to celebrate in our area:

Haunted Houses

Fright nights at spooky houses have been reinvented this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. But you can still enjoy a nice and safe scream at some of these locations.  

Fear in the Headlights 

Lock your doors, go for a drive and get your fear on! Located in Spokane, Sparky's Fun House event Fear in the Headlights is family friendly and COVID-compliant. Instead of the usual haunted house, Sparky's created a haunted drive with five different drive-thru sets, scary props and actors in costumes. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday in October come get your scare on. 

The King Family Haunted House of Haunted Horrors 

Due to its ghastly and gruesome nature, no one will be allowed inside says their Facebook page. Located in Mead, the drive-by or walk-up display offers a night of visual scares and screams. Social distancing is maintained and masks are required. Check out their Facebook page for a list of dates and times.

Trick-or-treating

You’ve probably seen this floating around on social media. A man in Ohio created a socially distant way of handing out candy.

He used a six-by-two shipping tube, orange spray and duct tape to create a ‘candy chute’ that will delivery candy right to trick or treaters without getting to close. The tube stretches from the guard rail on his front porch to the sidewalk.

He also has a sign telling trick-or-treaters where to place their bag or bucket to ensure no hand-to-hand exchanges. All the candy will be factory-sealed until it’s opened outside. He also plans to wear a mask and change gloves frequently.   

RELATED: Ohio man creates 'candy chute' to provide social distance, normalcy for trick-or-treaters

Another person on social media created a trebuchet to give out treats. They attached a drill to a fishing real, connected that to another string that is connected to a pole at the end of his yard. He attached a drink tray (to send adult beverages to parents) and a scary ghost to clip the candy on. So creative!

For people complaining about the Halloween candy trebuchet. Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/funny/comments/ixleej/my_solution_to_a_socially_distanced_halloween

Posted by Babs Daniels on Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Another trick-or-treating option is to set up a candy graveyard! Deck your yard out in fake tombstones and put prizes and candy next to each one. Have kids enter the graveyard one at a time and package everything up for extra safety.

There’s always the classic trunk-or-treat option. People have been doing these for years at churches and schools. You could even try to host one right in your neighborhood! Considering having a designated adult to give out the candy (who is committed to using hand sanitizer or gloves). Don’t let kids reach into the bowls!

Or you could do reverse trick-or-treating. It’s similar to the drive-by birthday parades. People in cars throw candy or deliver it to the kids in costumes in their yards.

Costume parties and pumpkin carving contests

Six months into the pandemic, everyone should be well versed in the video chat world.

Host a Halloween costume or dance party with your friends and/or loved ones! Come up with a playlist of spooky songs for everyone to enjoy. At the end, award prizes to the best looks. You can send the prizes virtually or in the mail!

You can do the same with pumpkin carving contests. Have everyone show off their creations and have everyone vote! 

Other stuff

If trick-or-treating and parties aren't your thing, there are other ways of getting in the spirit.

Go all out on the decorations or have a scary movie night with the family.

Or when Oct. 31 rolls around,  just buy yourself some candy, turn the lights out and keep the goodies all to yourself.

Wear a mask, wash your hands and have a fun and safe Halloween!