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The most awaited day for candies, trick or treaters are excited more than ever for this year's Halloween. It could be slightly different from last year's as some areas are improving from the pandemic surge, but others still have restrictions. We all want to be safe, especially our youngsters, so we must strictly follow the trick-or-treat schedule in our area and maintain safety health protocols. (You can check trick or treat schedules here.) According to CDC, we still need to keep social distancing and wear masks in crowded places. Also, do not forget your hand sanitizers to keep those little hands clean. Here is a list of what you can do this Halloween, pandemic style.
The Pandemic may have affected our jobs and businesses, and it is understandable not to splurge in decorations this year. However, Halloween will not be complete without its spooky atmosphere. This event can still look fabulous by reusing your scary old decors. The standard hue for Halloween are black, white, and, orange or you can add some green for this year's theme. You can check online thrift shops that sell affordable decors or your neighbor's yard sale. You can also let your creativity flow by doing your own project. Search for ideas on Pinterest for some inspiration.
Halloween would not also be complete without trick or treaters wearing costumes. Again, you do not have to break the bank providing costumes for your kiddos. Ask them what they want to wear, then plan how you can DIY. There are many cute DIYs you can find online, and we're sure you can be resourceful in finding suitable materials around your home. If you are a busy mom, you can rent or exchange old costumes with other moms. Watch out for Halloween after-sales, as you can buy them for up to 75% off, which can be helpful for the next trick or treat! Costumes don't need to be new or grand; what matters is to see your child's priceless smile.
Shopping could be the top of your to-do list this Halloween. As per statista.com, Americans spend approximately eight billion U.S. dollars for the Halloween season. This includes treats, decorations, costumes, parties, etc.
Make a list of things you need to buy, when and where to buy them. Also, online shopping is much favorable now than going out. Look for Halloween promos, as most establishments use online platforms to better reach their customers. Plan or make a schedule so you'll be in time to help your kids get ready for Halloween!
Most Halloween candies that are bought during this occasion are:
Non-candy treats for kids:
If your kids cannot go out in the neighborhood for candy hunting, they can still have fun by having a mini Halloween party at home. There are a lot of fun-filled games that you can do with your kids. Do some research before Halloween week so you will know what materials to use. We have listed a few DIY activities you can do:
Ghost and Pumpkin Bowling
It would not hurt to use a few tissue rolls as bowling pins. Choose a pumpkin to be used as a bowling ball. It doesn't need to be big as long as it can knock down the tissue rolls. Draw the ghost's eyes and mouth on those rolls using a marker. You can also decorate or design the pumpkin as well. Don't worry momma, you can still use those tissue rolls, just remove the first layer.
Pumpkin Basket Toss
Your kids do not need to toss an actual pumpkin, instead, they will just use toilet paper. You heard us right, you will just need toilet paper rolls, orange and green fleece cloth or paper, and a basket that can fit many tissue rolls. You can wrap the tissue roll in orange fleece or paper so it will turn into a pumpkin and green cloth or paper for its stem. Decorate the basket as you wish and let your kids start that pumpkin toss!
Young kids can enjoy squeezing the gooey slime and the sticky eyeballs that come with it. This is a DIY project that you can create with your kids. All you need is glitter glue, starch, water, and a pack of sticky eyeballs. You can watch Youtube video how-to's as your guide.
You can draw eyes on those pong balls to make them look like eyeballs. Your kids can take turns bouncing the ball on the table until it lands on a paper cup or a bowl. Whoever do so, wins!
Pumpkin Patch Stomp
Fill orange balloons with treats or coins before you inflate them. Kids will need to stomp on the balloons to get their treat. So much fun! You will just need orange balloons, different candies, coins, or other small toys.
Enjoy a safe and fun Halloween by taking your kids trick or treating. Snap photos and cherish the fun moments. If your kids are older and want to go with their pals, ask them to wear masks, keep social distancing, and sanitize. You can also allow them to bring their phones and a flashlight. Ask them to update you and set a time when they should be going home. Make sure you know where your kids will be trick or treating.