Post # 1
UK bee here. Halloween isn’t huge here, but I always try to go all out for the kids, as so few people do so I guess I try to make up for it.
With COVID, this year things are obviously different. We also live in a flat, and share an entrance with our downstairs neighbour. But I would still like to do something as kids have had such a sh*t time recently.
So, my thoughts were:
-Decorate our outer fence and tree, and also our windows, so people know we are ‘doing’ Halloween (most UK parents scope out ‘Halloween friendly’ houses in advance, and only visit those)
-Put laminated signs up explaining the ‘rules’. Which would be: kids collect candy from a table set up away from our and our neighbors door (3m away from each door); candy will be pre-bagged; I will sanitise my hands between each child
-I am also putting a time limit in the ‘rules’, from 5-8pm.
After 8pm, decorations will all come down.
Is this too kill joy?
Any other suggestions?
Post # 2
For my kids this year I will be buying them buckets of their favourite candy myself, we will get all dressed up and go for a walk around the neighborhood with their pre-filled buckets of candy (no trick or treating). This way they’ll get the experience without the risk. Then we will go home, order pizza and watch a favourite halloween movie.
The kids are just as excited for this version as for regular Halloween, they will get their favourite candy and their costumes but with no risk and no (killjoy) rules.
Post # 3
If you are “handing out” the candy, are you really going to be able to maintain a safe distance? And if you prebag candy and leave it out at a safe distance how are you going to ensure kids don’t grab or crowd in?
Door to door has been highly discouraged in my community for these reasons. Recommended alternatives are parades of decorated cars, scavenger hunts at home, a Halloween dinner etc.
Post # 4
Build a candy tube down to the street.
Post # 5
that sounds really cute! I think most people here will do something similar tbh
Post # 6
my plan was to sit behind a large table, and, well, kinda chuck it at them.. in terms of groups I was going to put some markers down at 2m apart. So each group has to wait their turn (although, as it’s less of a ‘thing’ here groups tend to be spaced apart anyway).
I really want to do that, but they would need to ring the doorbell (shared) still. So I need to be physically outside
Post # 7
hang by the window. Make it fun. Toss down treats to anyone that passes.
Post # 8
honestly this would have been my preference, but our windows don’t open so we could do it. Plus I think kids might still wander up the path.
So it’s do the weird regimented table thing, or nothing at all.
Post # 9
Are you going to wear a costume? You could get one of those long grabber claws that help people pick things off the floor and use that to toss the candy- be Doctor Claw.
Kids perspective: halloween and candy done safely is better than no halloween and no candy.
Eta: the only other suggestion I’ve seen that I didn’t notice on this thread is to clothespin the candy bags to a front door or even in a line in your hallway so you could stand at the far end and wheel them over. Or electric car them to the kids. That would be more fun for you?
Post # 10
Candy tube sounds really cool. I don’t completely get the time limits, tho, do you mean that after 8 pm when the decorations go down the celebration is stopping for the kids, too? Maybe it can be continued inside, like watching some horror movies or creating a spooky Halloween Smartshow3d slides just to have a mood for a little while? Thus the joy wouldn’t be killed and everyone will stay safe.