Halloween is always a special time for everyone, including the residents of Lake Chelan. This year, however, with the COVID-19 pandemic still raging, questions abound on what the celebrations will be like. Will the usual Halloween parades and other events go on? More importantly, will trick or treating be allowed?
Some people say they will take their kids to these annual Halloween traditions if these are permitted. Others say they prefer to err on the side of caution and skip the house to house visits altogether.
If community Halloween events are cancelled this year, or if you prefer to remain within the confines of your home, it’s still possible to have a festive celebration with friends and family. All it takes is a little bit of imagination and some preparation.
Here are some ideas on how you can have a fun Halloween while protecting yourself and your family from the pandemic.
- Ghost your neighbors
“Ghosting” has come to mean many things, but in this instance, it means creating a bag of goodies and leaving it anonymously on the doorsteps of your neighbor or friend. For the best effect, do this is after dark — ring the doorbell, leave the treats, and scurry away before you’re spotted. Don’t forget to add a note with your goodies, asking your friend to pass the trick on to someone else. This is a cute and fun way to spread cheer while maintaining social distancing.
- Go on drive-by trick or treating
This may take some organizing with your neighborhood or community. Drive-by trick or treating involves people in costumes going around on their bikes, collecting or handing out candy along the way. Participants should be encouraged to observe social distancing, and disinfecting the treats they receive.
- Stage a Halloween treasure hunt at home
Decorate the yard or the living room with jack-o-lanterns, cardboard tombstones, or other fun Halloween decorations, and do a treasure hunt around them. The kids will love the excitement of looking and finding treats amid the ghoulish display. It’s similar to an Easter egg hunt, but with a spooky twist. You may even hide glow-in-the-dark eggs and do the hunting at night for added Halloween fun.
- Have a scary movie party
Scour Netflix or other streaming services for age-appropriate scary movies, then set the mood for a movie marathon party. Prepare popcorn, candy, and other treats, dim the lights, light a jack-o-lantern or two, and enjoy a night of screams and thrills.
- Whip up some Halloween goodies
Make a spider web cake, or green monster cupcakes, or some other yummy treat spruced up with Halloween designs. You’ll find plenty of suggestions and recipes on the internet. It may take a bit more time and effort, but everyone needs an extra special treat for this occasion. You can also simply order Halloween-themed goodies for take out.
- Go over-the-top with the decorations
Missing trick-or-treat can be a damper, but you can still turn those frowns to smiles by turning your house into a Halloween wonderland. Go all out with the decorations. If you love crafts, now’s a good time to tap into your creative side and go the DIY route. If not, you’ll find plenty of options for Halloween decors in shops everywhere.
Sheltering in place can be so much more comforting in a community like Lake Chelan Valley, where you’re surrounded by the beauty of nature and friendly neighbors. Explore Chelan, WA real estate with the local experts. Call us, the Coldwell Banker Lake Chelan Properties team, at 509.682.7777 or email Hinfo(at)CBChelan(dotted)com.