Celebrating Halloween in Quarantine

Celebrating Halloween in Quarantine

Cierra Nervo

Keeping our spirits high during a pandemic is tough. We can’t always do the normal things that we used to. We can’t go out to the Cinema or hang out with our friends in public places. We can’t go to theatres or parks or theme parks. To keep everyone safe and healthy, quarantine limits the things we can do to celebrate this spooky season; but that doesn’t mean we can’t have some Halloween fun this year! There are more ways than one where we can still have a fun Halloween, while still social distancing and keeping our masks on.

Due to COVID-19, Halloween parties, Trick-or-treating, and large gatherings of people are discouraged. Masks and social-distancing still apply for the Holidays, but people can still have a spooky-scary night. Decorating your house with fake cobwebs, plastic spiders, and other decorations always seem to make for a festive time. One recommendation is to have a scary-movie night with the family! Build a fort with pillows and blankets around the television, and watch some of your favorite scary (but not too scary!) movies. Some fun Halloween-y movie recommendations are It’s the Great Pumpkin-Charlie Brown, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Hocus Pocus, Monster House, Goosebumps, Scooby-Doo, Casper, and so many more! Have some popcorn, some bowls of candy, and a fun night with the family. Another family activity is to go house-trick or treating. Have family members go into separate rooms in the house with bowls of candy, and go door-to-door to get some candies and goodies from your family! 

More activities that we can participate in for Quarantine-Halloween are already very common for more normal times. Activities that we can continue doing are making spooky little treats! Baking some sugar cookies and cupcakes and decorating them like ghosts or pumpkins are always a family favorite. Going to a pumpkin patch may expose you to too many people, but buying a pumpkin at the store and carving it at home with your family is perfectly fine! Get creative when making scary faces on your pumpkins; maybe carve a one-eyed monster, a ghost, or the traditional jack-o-lantern face.

The most important part of Halloween is dressing up. You may not be able to go trick-or-treating, but that shouldn’t stop you from wearing a costume. You can have a spooky photoshoot in the costume, have a costume contest and fashion show with your family, or simply dress up just for kicks!

It’s important to continue to do the little things that make holidays like this special. These difficult times may be stopping people from doing a lot of things, but remember it’s important to still celebrate the holidays. During these difficult times, it’s good to celebrate with your family and friends to help keep everyone’s spirits high.