Trick Or Treating Alternatives For Pandemic Times


Ben Albert, Athletics Editor

Happy Halloween! It’s that time of year where everyone is feeling a little extra scary. However, this year, things are a bit different. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, trick-or-treating may be canceled or you may just feel uncomfortable going door to door with the pandemic still going strong. Here are some ideas for trick or treating alternatives that will surely keep the spooky times going even in during a global pandemic. 

  1. Trunk Or Treat: This one may be difficult to do, but if you get multiple people involved it can be quite fun. The idea of a trunk-or-treat is simple: have you and a few friends decorate the trunks of your cars with as many Halloween decorations as you have. Then, load the trunks up with candy. Next, you’ll want to meet up in a parking lot or an open space to park the cars. Finally, have the kids go from car to car collecting candy and having a great time. While you may need to coordinate safety and logistics with other people, a trunk or treat still captures the fun of a normal trick-or-treat while providing a safer environment. 
  2. Virtual Costume Party: If you can’t go out trick-or-treating, that does not mean that you can’t wear a costume. Instead of going out, have a virtual costume party with friends or family where you can show off your costumes. Maybe even spice it up a little by playing games or even having a costume contest to determine who the champion of Halloween is. 
  3. Halloween Scavenger/Candy Hunt: For this activity, you can hide candy and/or clues around your house or yard. Make that Halloween scavenger hunt a little more interesting by adding a twist such as making it dark or wearing costumes. 
  4. Pumpkin Carving: This is another one that may be difficult to do, but if you’re able get your hands on some pumpkins, it will be worth it. You can carve pumpkins to use as a decoration or just for fun, and use stencils or come up with your own original design. Either way, it will surely be an exciting and creative way to spend Halloween night.
  5. Scary Movie Night: Another classic. Very few things capture the Halloween spirit like watching a scary movie in the dark on Halloween night. 
  6. Halloween Car Parade: Similar to the trunk or treat, you can decorate your car with some festive (and spooky) Halloween decor. Wear your costumes and parade around your neighborhood so that everyone can see. Make sure you plan the route ahead of time so that everyone knows what to look out for. 

Obviously, these are just a few ideas of what to do instead of traditional door to door trick-or-treating this Halloween. No matter what you choose to do, make sure you choose something that is not only fun, but safe as well. Happy Halloween!