October 30, 2020

7 Tips for a Safe, Fun, and Cozy Halloween During COVID

Halloween Pumpkin

Halloween is here again! After all that's happened in 2020, it's not like black cats, boiling cauldrons, and witches riding brooms can scare us anymore. But the spectre of a holiday spent with the same people inside the same house might feel a little terrifying.

In spite of COVID, though, 148 million adults plan to celebrate Halloween this year, almost as many as in any ordinary year. And 23% of families plan to trick or treat, a number down slightly from the usual 29%.

Halloween can be a great time to relax and have fun while socially distancing. Besides, it's important to keep our spirits high amid the challenges we face as a nation and a global family. Sure, we might have to skip our annual bonfire, in-person party, or fall festival, but that doesn't mean we have to miss out on all the excitement of the holiday.

Here are seven tips to experience a safe, fun, and cozy Halloween this year:

1. Enjoy a spooky movie night with your family, partner, or single friend.

Wrap up in your robe, grab your favorite snacks, and settle in for a marathon of Halloween madness on Netflix, Hulu, or Prime. Slightly scary movies can delight the smallest family members, and many adults relish a good horror flick. 

Which robe is perfect for a chilly fall night spent indoors? A hooded robe such as our Simply Beauty Lounge Robe can keep your head warm while your hair dries if you plan to shower before settling in.

A thick, plush option like the Chilly Morning Lounge Robe can keep you extra toasty and is perfect if you live in a cold spot. We recommend pairing this robe with a cup of spiced cider or mulled wine.

The Vintage Floral Lounge Robe can give you an especially elegant look, ideal if you and your partner hope to heat up Halloween with a touch of romance after the movie.

Trick or Treat Kids Wearing Masks

2. Bake fall-themed treats galore and leave them on a friend's porch.

Fall unloads a bushel of deliciousness for cooks and bakers to experiment with. If you're at home this Halloween, why not dig out your cookbooks and try your hand at making your own candied apples, nut pies, or vegetarian chili?

You can safely share samples with your friends by leaving much-appreciated treats on their porches.

3. Participate in a safe outdoor community event.

Some communities plan to host modified versions of their usual fall festivals, haunted houses, or trick-or-treating escapades this year. By taking sensible precautions, you can enjoy the events your city, neighborhood, or house of worship is holding.

Unless it's a drive-thru event, however, this is one activity where you'll need to shed your super-cozy robe and put on pants.

Trick or Treat Kids Wearing Masks

4. Have fun with contactless trick-or-treating.

Not all neighborhoods are cancelling trick or treating this year. Granted, throngs of costumed youngsters probably won't fill your street. But you may have a few ghouls and comic book characters show up on your doorstep.

Unless your city is experiencing a giant COVID spike right now, you can keep yourself and your visitors safe by wearing a mask, washing your hands, and avoiding unnecessary contact. You could try creating a candy chute, or just set up contactless, self-serve candy stations in your yard.  

5. Host a virtual costume party on Zoom.

You can't stay in your lounge robe for this one, but you can enjoy plenty of zaniness with friends and family by participating in a costume party via Zoom.

We all know how to use online communication platforms for meetings now. Let's put those new tech skills to work to create a little fun. Online murder mystery theme games can provide clean, engaging fun for work teams, families, or groups of friends!

6. Puzzle your way out of a virtual escape room.

Escape rooms have drawn many people's interest in the last few years. If you had plans to try one with friends this Halloween, you don't have to give up the idea completely. You can enjoy a virtual escape room from the safety of your own home and the comfort of your plush robe and silky nightgown.

Haunted House

7. Explore a drive-through haunted house.

Many communities are terrifying willing residents with drive-through haunted houses as a safer alternative to the usual walk-through variety. You can experience all the creepy thrills of a traditional haunted house from the relative protection of your car. Check your community calendars for drive-through events near you.

While COVID has kept many of us indoors more than usual this year, we don't have to drive away the fun of the fall holidays to stay healthy. So snuggle down in your Triodream robe, pour your favorite hot drink, and find a creative way to celebrate Halloween safely this year.

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