Halloween During A Pandemic, What Can Go Wrong?


Wyllow Larsen, Reporter/photographer

Due to the pandemic, Halloween will look different than any year in the past and this leaves a lot of questions up in the air. Luckily, there are many COVID friendly and CDC approved ways for you and your family to have fun and celebrate this 31st. 

Locally, there are some great alternatives to traditional celebrations such as trick or treating. Hiram Shaddox Health and Rehab center is hosting a “Trick or Treat at 6 Feet” event in which you are able to trick or treat while following all safety guidelines. Resurrection Church is having a Drive-thru hotdog Halloween handout; you are able to drive through and pick up a hotdog, chips, and a drink before enjoying Halloween festivities. More information on these events can be found at https://www.ktlo.com/events/

If you plan on passing out candy, treat bags or individually wrapped candy is the way to go. No more leaving candy in a bowl or giving it to trick or treaters by hand. Candy can be ordered in bulk on Amazon and disinfected before being handed out. To stay on the safe side, wash your hands, or use hand sanitizer after every interaction.

A safe outing would be visiting an orchard or farm. Mountain Home Berry farm offers festivities including a pumpkin patch, corn maze, petting zoo, social distanced hayrides, and more; you can participate in all these things with an admissions fee of just 7$. You can visit their website to find out more: https://www.mountainhomeberryfarm.com/

Costumes are one of the most important aspects of Halloween, and if you plan on dressing up this year, the biggest thing to ask yourself is; “Will this mask match my outfit?”

Finding a costume with a mask or simply adding one to your outfit shouldn’t be too difficult, but remember to make sure it is thick enough to prevent any possible airborne illnesses. 

Ideally, you should not attend gatherings with anyone outside of the people that you live with, but if you do plan on going to a party or event, make sure to social distance yourself and wear a mask. If you are hosting a Halloween party or gathering it would be wise to have activities outdoors instead of indoors. Limit the guest list, ask guests to wash hands frequently, wear masks, provide hand sanitizer, and remember to stay at least 6 feet apart. 

Another lower risk activity is a Halloween movie night. Snuggle up in your fuzzy socks and blankets, grab some candy and start a marathon of scary movies. This is something that can be done alone, with family, or virtually with friends.

Decorating your home is an easy and fun way to get into the Halloween spirit. Spooky decorations can be ordered online and shipped straight to your door. Pumpkin carving can be done with your family or at a safe distance away from friends and neighbors; you can even facetime a friend and carve pumpkins together virtually. 

However, you decide to celebrate the holidays this year, keep in mind that your actions affect other’s safety as well as your own. Stay home as much as possible, keep your distance, have fun, and wear your mask!