Dietarily speaking, trick-or-treating is rarely the healthiest activity kids engage in. But there’s such a joy in the community of it, not to mention an evening walking outside in the fresh air. And this year, Hallowe’en is on a Saturday night, during a full moon!
Nevertheless, COVID-19 has some families debating whether trick-or-treating is a good idea at all. The Province’s guidance on the issue is still pending as we write this. But regardless what that guidance is, there are many ways you can have a great time as a family without heading out door-to-door.
- Do something out-of-the-ordinary that night, so your kiddos don’t feel they’ve been short-changed. Some ideas: bake and decorate some fun spooky cookies or cupcakes together; do some Hallowe’en-themed activities at home; set up a “campfire” in a darkened room using the free Fireplace Live HD app on your phone, and tell kid-friendly spooky stories.
- Have your kids help give out candy at the door, from a distance. Get inspired by this Ohio dad and daughter, who built a candy chute that makes it fun and safe to give out candy at the door.
- Allow your own little ones to trick-or-treat without leaving the house. Get them all dressed up and have their own collection bucket or bag by the door. For every child who comes to the door, your child gets to put a piece of candy in their own stash. That will sure build excitement to answer the door!
However you choose to celebrate, have fun as a family together. The sweet memories you build will last longer than even the biggest bucket of candy.