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Fun and creative ways to celebrate Halloween during the COVID-19 pandemic | US & World News

Fun and creative ways to celebrate Halloween during the COVID-19 pandemic | US & World News

(Meredith) — The coronavirus is putting a new scare in Halloween this year, as parents look for fun ways to celebrate the spooky holiday while protecting their kids during the pandemic.

Even though traditional Halloween activities like trick-or-treating and costume parties are discouraged, there are plenty of creative ways to keep the spirit alive.

“I think it’s so important to tell our kids Halloween isn’t canceled, it’s just different this year,” said Julia Edelstein, editor-in-chief of Parents magazine. “We celebrate early, we celebrate at home, we celebrate outdoors with social distancing, and we make the most of it.”

Since traditional trick-or-treating is considered a high-risk activity, Edelstein recommends “the good kind of ghosting.”

Just ring the doorbell at a friend’s house, leave a bag full of goodies out front, and then run before anyone can get to the door. Don’t forget to tape a big sign to the bag that says, “You’ve been booed,” along with the recipient’s name and who left the sweet surprise.

A “twilight hunt” is another great alternative that involves only a little bit of prep. If you have an outdoor space, put glow-in-the-dark stickers on buckets of candy and hide them all over the backyard at dusk. Then, give each child a flashlight and send them in search of sweet treasure.

“It gets them outside, it adds a little bit of that spookiness to Halloween, and you get to do it all in the safety of your own backyard,” said Edelstein. 

For more tips on how to have a fun and safe Halloween, watch the video above. You can also find more of these creative ideas in the October issue of Parents magazine, which is available at local stores now.

Parents magazine is owned by the same company that owns this news station, The Meredith

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Here are 2020’s creative trending Halloween costumes, according to Google

Here are 2020’s creative trending Halloween costumes, according to Google

Halloween may look a little different this year but there’s nothing stopping us from dressing up!

No matter what your plans are you can still celebrate Halloween with a fun and creative costume.

Google just released its annual “Frightgeist” of trending costumes so we can all get a little Halloween inspiration.

In lieu of those classic Halloween activities, the CDC recommends people try what it describes as “lower risk activities” to celebrate the holiday this year amid the global pandemic. Those activities include socially distanced pumpkin carving, decorating your house, having a virtual costume contest, doing an outdoors Halloween scavenger hunt and having a “scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search” indoors with members of your household.

The “Frightgeist” takes a look at all of the costumes trending in the month of September in the United States.

“This September’s trending Halloween costumes are action-packed: Martial arts gurus and dungeon masters take the lead, followed by Jedis and cowgirls that are out of this world—literally,” according to Google.

Some of our favorites include Woody and Jessie, corgi stegosaurus and Baby Yoda.

Check out the full list of costumes below!

Trending costumes

Cobra Kai Dungeon Master The Mandalorian Space Cowgirl Trolls Belle Marshmello Inflatable shark Firefighter Sanderson sisters

MORE: Disney princess wigs line launch in time for Halloween.

Couples costumes

Bonnie and Clyde Lilo and Stitch Cosmo and Wanda Coraline and Wybie Lydia and Beetlejuice Mario and Luigi Woody and Jessie Angel and Devil Phineas and Ferb Sharkboy and Lavagirl

Pet costumes

Cat taco Corgi stegosaurus Twinkie Beetlejuice Fish Woody dog Chucky Frog Pumpkin Raccoon

MORE: Pinterest recipes for Halloween including fangtastic appetizers, desserts, and drinks.

Kids costumes

Supergirl Flamingo Hocus Pocus Witch Glinda Robot Maui Bat Sally Werewolf

Baby costumes

Baby shark Baby Yoda Baby pumpkin Boss baby Baby dinosaur Baby Olaf Baby chicken

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Easy and creative ways to celebrate Halloween during COVID-19 pandemic | Us World News

Easy and creative ways to celebrate Halloween during COVID-19 pandemic | Us World News

(Meredith) — The coronavirus is putting a new scare in Halloween this year, as parents look for fun ways to celebrate the spooky holiday while protecting their kids during the pandemic.

Even though traditional Halloween activities like trick-or-treating and costume parties are discouraged, there are plenty of creative ways to keep the spirit alive.

“I think it’s so important to tell our kids Halloween isn’t canceled, it’s just different this year,” said Julia Edelstein, editor-in-chief of Parents magazine. “We celebrate early, we celebrate at home, we celebrate outdoors with social distancing, and we make the most of it.”

Since traditional trick-or-treating is considered a high-risk activity, Edelstein recommends “the good kind of ghosting.”

Just ring the doorbell at a friend’s house, leave a bag full of goodies out front, and then run before anyone can get to the door. Don’t forget to tape a big sign to the bag that says, “You’ve been booed,” along with the recipient’s name and who left the sweet surprise.

A “twilight hunt” is another great alternative that involves only a little bit of prep. If you have an outdoor space, put glow-in-the-dark stickers on buckets of candy and hide them all over the backyard at night. Then, give each child a flashlight and send them in search of sweet treasure.

“It gets them outside, it adds a little bit of that spookiness to Halloween, and you get to do it all in the safety of your own backyard,” said Edelstein. 

For more tips on how to have a fun and safe Halloween, watch the video above. You can also find more of these creative ideas in the October issue of Parents magazine, which is available at local stores now.

Parents magazine is owned by the same company that owns this news station, The Meredith

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Looking For Creative Ways To Give Out Candy? CBS2 Has Your Halloween Guidelines

Looking For Creative Ways To Give Out Candy? CBS2 Has Your Halloween Guidelines

RUTHERFORD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Halloween is on in New Jersey despite the coronavirus pandemic, but safety will be key.

CBS2’s Vanessa Murdock has some ideas before you and your kids go trick-or-treating.

Ghosts and goblins await your arrival on All Hallow’s Eve.

“I’m actually really excited,” 9-year-old Angelica Mullahey said.

Angelica said she doesn’t want to miss trick-or-treating with friends again. Remember Superstorm Sandy? That’s why she’s thrilled her little sister, Lauren, is in the know.

“Yes, I heard it from my friend’s mom,” Lauren said, referring to Gov. Phil Murphy’s announcement that Halloween will be held this year.

“Us as adults, we have to adapt, but the kids … when you take things away from them, that’s a little sad,” Rutherford parent Ed Bucey said.

MORE: CDC: Trick-Or-Treating, Costume Parties Considered High-Risk This Halloween

You might say the news is music to Bucey’s ears. His 6-year-old daughter, Ella, loves Halloween and plans to be Elsa from Frozen.

Ten-year-old Ethan knows his stuff, saying safety must remain a priority.

“Don’t get carried away with all the candy and trick-or-treating. It’s still COVID. We can still get germs,” Ethan said.

For tips, Murdock turned to Dr. Sunitha Posina, who advised parent to assess your own risk and your neighborhoods.

“Really determine how the infection rates in your community are. That becomes the most important thing,” Posina said.

If you’re in a safe zone, plan accordingly.

“Masks are non-negotiable,” Posina said.

At the Fun Ghoul Costume Company in Rutherford shelves are stocked with everything you’ll need this Halloween, even the mask for under the mask.

“I guess you gotta wear something like this, a novelty one, ‘Taste the Blood of Dracula,” Fun Ghoul’s Cliff Witmyer said.

More important tips from Posina include kids not touching their face and “not eat candy

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Halloween Isn’t Canceled! Creative Ways to Celebrate Safely at Home This Year

Halloween Isn’t Canceled! Creative Ways to Celebrate Safely at Home This Year



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Halloween is just around the corner, which means we are all gearing up for our usual tricks and treats in this not-so-usual time. With the COVID-19 pandemic looming large, it can be hard to know how to celebrate. But just because this Halloween is going to look different doesn’t mean that it has to be boring or lacking in any way. Talk to your kids about what they love about Halloween and get their input. From there, you can decide — together — what is going to be the most fun for them!



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Candy usually reigns supreme on Halloween, but this year safety comes first amid the coronavirus pandemic

Need some ideas? From socially distant spooky activities to at-home fun for the whole family, we have compiled a list of fun ways to celebrate safely.

Turn Your Home into a (Temporary) Haunted House



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There’s no time like the present to lean into outfitting your home for the holiday! By making it a fun activity for the family, you’ll get everyone excited to spend time at home. You can even make your house a haunted house. The Amazon Alexa is a great tool for this: Just ask Alexa to open spooky sounds  and set your smart plug on a timer (so you can make the ambiance as spooky as possible). You can even do some ghost-busting — simply ask Alexa to “launch Ghost Detector.”

Pick Out a Pumpkin and Have a Family Carving or Decorating Night



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Heading to the pumpkin patch can be a safe outdoor activity to take part in with your little ones (just be sure to stay six feet from others and mask up!), but if you’d prefer, you can order

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