Just like everything else in 2020, the autumn season will look and feel different this year. The good news, at least, is that many quintessential fall favorites can still be enjoyed safely, even in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
If you really want to capture the fall magic without sacrificing your health, these activities are the best options.
Drive-Thru Haunted House
What is Halloween without a trip through a haunted house? Traditionally, haunted houses are group-oriented activities that directly contradict the social distancing requirements of COVID-19. Many Halloween attractions have adapted to the times by offering drive-thru haunted house experiences instead.
This alternative is similar to the growing popularity of drive-in movie theaters and drive-up concerts. No, it’s not the exact same experience, but it’s much better than nothing at all. Check to see if any innovative haunted houses are available in your area. If not, try to find a location that takes reservations, so you can enjoy the festivities without other crowds nearby.
Apple and Pumpkin Picking
Apple and pumpkin picking are relatively easy to adjust for our new COVID-19 reality. It only takes a bit of preparation and vigilance to pick your pumpkins or apples safely.
First, find a farm that requires reservations. This creates more control over crowds and distancing. It also allows the location to sanitize in between visitors. Do your best to visit during non-peak hours and wear your face mask to further prevent unwanted interactions.
Halloween Scavenger Hunt
To Trick-or-Treat or not, that is the question. Parents and kids alike are wondering about the fate of Halloween in 2020. Will it be cancelled altogether? Changed beyond recognition? Nobody knows for sure yet.
If your city approves trick-or-treating, decide as a family whether you’re comfortable going door-to-door. Consider these questions:
- How will your children maintain social distance from others?
- How many houses will they be allowed to visit?
- How can you incorporate a face mask into the costumes?
If your family opts to skip traditional trick-or-treating this year, there are plenty of alternatives to enjoy:
- Set up a Halloween-theme pinata in the backyard
- Create a candy or festive scavenger hunt to help your children feel like they “earned” their candy
- Host or attend a virtual Halloween party
- Leave individually wrapped candy at the bottom of each driveway for a socially-distanced Halloween
The fall season might look and feel different, but it can still be memorable and exciting.