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October 5, 2020
After a chaotic spring, a vacationless summer and tense pandemic back-to-school season, we all need something to look forward to and celebrate. What better way than with candy, community and a fun reason to wear masks?
“There’s no reason to cancel Halloween festivities this year,” says Michelle Sterling, St. Joseph’s Children’s Wellness and Specialty Specialist. “As long as you follow guidelines, Halloween may look different, but you can make it fun and festive.”
If you decide to go trick-or-treating, Sterling recommends you mingle with families or children that you and your children have already spent in-person time with. Remind your child to stop at the edge of driveways and street corners; look left-right-left before they cross streets; wear or carry something reflective; and wear masks and maintain social distancing.
If you’re going to welcome trick-treaters to your home, forego greeting kids at the door and handing them candy. Instead, pre-bag treats and if possible, arrange them on a table or on your driveway for a contact-free experience. Organizing a common treat area with neighbors on your block or cul-de-sac is another fun way to do this and limit contact. Bonus: bagging and decorating the treat bags can be a fun pre-Halloween activity.
With appropriate precautions in place, pandemic Halloween is doable. Sterling shares five tips to make it one for the books:
Blogger Karimah Henry of craftingafunlife.com shares some fun craft ideas that result in adorable homemade décor.
Supplies: large recycled cereal box, masking tape, paint brush, craft glue, scissors, grey (2 shades) and black acrylic paint
Directions: Cut off the top front and back flaps of your cereal box but leave the side flaps intact. Next, cut a half circle on both sides of the box to form a tombstone. Connect the side flaps so that they meet in the middle, then tape. Complete the tombstone by taping the sides of the cereal box and the curved top. Now paint your tombstone with the grey acrylic paint. Allow it to dry. Use leftover cardboard to cut out the letters R-I-P. Finally, paint black or grey, then glue to the cereal box tombstone.
Supplies: white craft pumpkin, plastic black spiders, black acrylic paint, hot glue gun or craft glue
Directions: Apply black acrylic paint to the stem of the craft pumpkin. Next, use the glue to add the plastic spiders to the pumpkin. You can make a pattern or mix them up.
Supplies: black craft paper roll or wrapping paper, scissors and pencil
Directions: Cut a large square from the roll of black paper. Next, fold paper in half to make a triangle. Fold the paper in half again to make a smaller triangle. Cut along the top so the triangle looks like a cone. Then cut the top to make a curve for the web. Draw the lines of a spider web then cut. Unfold the paper to reveal your cool web.
For more awesome crafts, check out Henry on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest @craftingafunlife. *Photo provided by Karimah Henry