Halloween is just be around the corner but the really scary beast has been with us since March when the pandemic began. Many cities have cancelled trick or treating to stop the spread of the COVID-19 goblin. But with the pandemic currently in check, Nova Scotian kids can still celebrate, while following public health laws.

If you’re handing out treats, consider wrapping up individual treat bags and leaving them outside for the kids to serve themselves. Or make a little slide to jettison the treats into each kid’s loot bag or bring out that lacrosse stick to dispense treats while distancing and avoiding contact. You could also tape treats to popsicle sticks and stick them in the lawn for kids to run up and grab.

With a little imagination, handing out treats could be just as fun as receiving them.          

While renting a costume or buying one secondhand is a great way to save money, it probably is not as popular an option this year due to COVID concerns. If you’re creative, you’ll probably find lots of options at home though.

The Internet offers many simple and inexpensive costume ideas. Recycle, reuse. Re-create a new costume from one you bought previously. A bride last year? Zombie bride this year!

Halloween treats go on sale early to make room for Christmas items. Watch for deals and don’t buy too early, because they probably won’t last until Halloween if you do. Consider buying in bulk and splitting the items and costs with family or friends. The dollar stores have cheap Halloween costumes, decorations, and party items.  

Some people won’t participate in Halloween because of pandemic concerns. Others simply can’t afford spending money on treats since the CERB has ended and budgets are tight. If you do not wish to join in the fun for whatever reason, no problem but make it well understood by turning off the lights or putting a sign up saying the home is not participating this year. You can still enjoy the night by watching a scary movie at home. Think of all the money you just saved!    

Halloween parties will be different too. Public health laws require you to limit the group to 10. Halloween masks don’t protect the way non-medical masks do, so plan a costume that incorporates one if in close quarters. Plate single servings instead of putting out communal dishes of food. Having a potluck party can cut costs and keep the menu interesting but label dishes so people don’t cross-contaminate.  

While this Halloween will certainly be different, there are lots of opportunities for safe, inexpensive fun.

Halifax Magazine