How to handle Halloween during a pandemic

We have reached spooky season! But we are also in a pandemic which has numbers going up again, at least where I live.

Last year, my partner and I got possession of our house on November 1st, so we didn’t get to hand out candy to kids and before that we lived in a condo which isn’t great for trick-or-treaters. This year I was really looking forward to handing out candies but now we are in a pandemic.

Maybe something that is on your mind is do we let the kids go trick-or-treating?

devan with a bedsheet over her head to look like a ghost. She also has her sunglasses and hat on

I think yes. I believe that it is easy enough to maintain the 6ft distance, have no contact and you can incorporate a mask into costumes. Here is how I will be dealing with Halloween and I hope some of these ideas can help you too!

1. Incorporate a mask into the costume

This one I think is major. We should all be using masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you can incorporate it into the costume that is awesome. For example drawing the Joker’s smile on the mask if your kid is going as the joker, super easy right. Or putting lips on the mask if your kid is going as a princess or something more feminine.

2. Hand out candies that can be easily wiped down

This would be the single small packets that you get in a 120 pack or maybe a can of pop. I don’t recommend that you get anything that has a paper wrapper because if it gets wiped down it can make a mess. You know what wet paper is like.

3. Have a stick or something that you can ring the doorbell with

The doorbell with be a high touch place on halloween so I suggest getting a stick or something like a “kooty key” or germ utility hook (pic below)

a germ utility key ring. helps touch things or grab doors so you don't have to touch high touch areas.
germ utility key ring

having one of these to ring the doorbell will be key. I also suggest having something to knock with because if the doorbell doesn’t work you are going to want to knock which will also be a high touch area.

4. Have hand sanitizer

just have it on hand in case because you know life.

5. Once the doorbell has been rung stand 6ft back

this is just for the social distancing it might be hard to maintain when getting the candy but you know some people like to guess what the kids are so having as little close contact is best.

6. When handing out the candy get a reacher grabber

Or tongs from the kitchen will work!

7. Wear a mask when handing out candy

this is kind of the same as the other mask one but I feel like it is also important for the giver of candy. You may not be in others presence for long but it can still be beneficial.

8. Keep chit chat to a minimum

I know this one seems almost rude but it can help. It limits an exposure time which will help.

picture of a mother dressed up as a witch and their child dressed in all black. the child is holding a pumpkin and there is a jack-o-lantern beside them. They are sitting on a bench.
Photo by Thirdman on

9. Keep the 6ft distance between your group and the next if you are walking

this also applies to when you may be waiting at a house for candy.

10. Wipe down your kids candy when you get home

If you can get some sanitary wipes just wipe the outsides of the candies. If you are able to maybe let the candies sit untouched for a few days just to be safe.

a picture of two smiling jack-o-lanterns

So that is what I will be doing for Halloween this year. I would hate to not have the kids going out because it has been a hard year for them and really everyone so if we can give them this holiday that can easily be made COVID safe lets do it.

Happy Hauntings!


Hi there! my name is Devan and I am the writer behind this blog! by day I am a HVAC design technician, by night I write this blog....sometimes. I plan to write about everyday life, minimalism, feminism, and the environment. hope you enjoy the blog as much as I enjoy writing it. Also I post on my Instagram when I upload a new blog so follow me there too!

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