Are you looking for some creative ideas to help promote safe trick-or-treating? 2020 has been long year and COVID hasn’t made it any easier. I was happy to see that trick-or-treating was still on in our community and I think many of you will still be able to have your children participate. It’s just going to look different this year as we’re all still adjusting to our “new normal.”
Before I go any further, I want to let you know that the CDC has guidelines for safe trick-or-treating and this post is in no way meant to alter or replace them. My goal here is to come up with some fun and creative ways to inspire and help you plan for Halloween.
Setting Up And Decorating A Treat Table For Safe Trick-or-Treating
We can all get a little creative and fun this year without spending a lot of money. Everything you see on this table is handmade and the free files for the “No Tricks…Just Treats” and “Happy Halloween” signs, treat bag labels, and hand sanitizer labels are all available in my free library. For the larger signs, you’ll need a cutting machine. But, if you don’t have one, the 8.5 X 11 PDF printable will work. You just might want to trim it down and place it in a 8 X 10 frame. The treat bag labels can be printed on label paper and cut by hand, too.
To get started, I put a white sheet over a folding table. The black netting was purchased from the Dollar Tree. I attached it to the sheet with safety pins.
The Happy Halloween sign was cut from orange colored card-stock. Attach clothes pins to the back of the letters with a hot glue gun.
Then the letters can be clipped to the netting, using the clothes pins. To help hold the letters upright, I tucked some of the corners under the netting.
Place the treat table in your driveway to prevent people from gathering on narrow walkways. The garage door is useful for taping up a sign, so people know where to go. Just be careful to use low tack masking tape, so you don’t remove the paint from your door when you take it down.
Another idea is to place the table down by your sidewalk to keep people moving along. Don’t forget to turn on your outdoor lights or add some LED candles to help brighten the table. I have a tutorial to make a paper pumpkin luminary, like the ones seen on my table.
Spread Out The Candy On A Table Or Flat Surface
The thought of having a bunch of sweet little hands in one candy bowl just doesn’t seem safe this year. If it’s possible, try spreading your candy out on a large table or flat surface. This way you can avoid touching the candy and Trick-or-Treaters can just touch the one they will take. My table held about 70 treat bags with plenty of room for more.
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If you are able, make individual treat bags ahead of time. I’ve provided these free labels as a PDF file in the library for you to print and use.
I washed my hands and bagged these while watching a movie. It didn’t take too long and now it’s one less thing I’ll need to do when Halloween arrives. An added bonus is you won’t be tempted to eat the candy once it’s bagged. 🙂 These are the treat bags I used and the sticker/label paper.
Add Some Hand Sanitizer With Fun Labels To Your Treat Table
Learning to adapt to new situations can be a challenge for anyone. I’ve seen so many fun and creative masks and other ideas during this pandemic. These small things make life more light-hearted and bearable for both children and adults.
Consider adding some hand sanitizer to your treat table. Then take it to the next level and add a fun label. It’s sure to make someone smile! If you’d like, this one is available in the library.
A Few Other Creative Ideas For A Safe Halloween
I was surprised that wearing a costume mask was not enough to protect the kids. It looks like the CDC recommends a mask made of two or more layers that covers both the mouth and nose. If trick-or-treating seems a little overwhelming for you this year, the CDC also mentioned the following activities as low-risk alternatives.
- Carving pumpkins with family members
- Carving pumpkins outside with friends or neighbors at a safe distance
- Admiring Halloween decorations outdoors at a safe distance, while having a scavenger hunt
- Decorating your house for Halloween
- Having a virtual costume contest
- Halloween movie night with your family at home
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Do you have any other helpful ideas? Let us know in the comments. Hopefully these creative ideas for safe Trick-or-Treating make your Halloween a little more bearable during Covid. Have a healthy and fun Halloween!