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How to make Halloween 2020 a blast!

Fun family activities, scary movies and clever trick-or-treating ideas


It’s the day before Halloween 2020, and my social media pages are on fire with neighborhood posts of how to handle trick-or-treating this year. Even the National Center For Disease Control (CDC) is weighing in (Really? This is weird.) My neighborhood is full of parents discussing their ideas for social distancing, and I am super impressed. Ideas from candy tables set out in the front yard, to candy gardens along the road and candy chutes from 2nd floor windows. I am relieved to know there are LOTS of ways to celebrate safely out there while still having a ton of fun. Here’s some of the best information I’ve found:


CDC site. If you want the scoop on CDC guidelines, check out their website. They actually have some decent advice and suggestions: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays/halloween.html


Clever trick-or-treat ideas. USA Today has a great article highlighting some of the coolest ideas out there. Think drone delivery and catapults: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/10/29/halloween-2020-trick-treat-chutes-catapults-socially-distance/6057569002/

Local guidance.

Denver (my city) is allowing trick-or-treating, but with a lot of caution. View the guidance here: https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/360/colorado-city-of-denver-unveil-guidance-for-safe-trick-or-treating-this-halloween


Colorado activities.

For an extensive list of drive-thru trick-or-treat sites, pumpkin smashes, festivals and trunk-or-treats across the state of Colorado, check out the eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.com/d/co--denver/trick-or-treat/


Denver activities.

Denver’s list of kid activities would not be complete without mentioning Boo at the Zoo, which now has timed tickets that can be purchased on-line. Read up about this and many other recommendations in this recent Denver Post article: https://theknow.denverpost.com/2020/10/09/kid-activities-halloween-2020-denver/246673/


At-home crafts.

I really love the craft games listed on the Great Wolf Lodge blog for easy and fun at-home activities your kids will geek out over: https://www.greatwolf.com/blog/7-halloween-activities-for-kids/?utm_source=COLOCO&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Oct2020_BR_Howl1_WS_PG


Scary movies.

After the festivities, you might want to end the night with some scary movies at home. Check out Rotten Tomatoes top list of scary movies for kids: https://editorial.rottentomatoes.com/guide/essential-scary-movies-for-kids/


Whatever you decide to do, I hope you and your kids have an absolute blast. Your family will likely be talking about this night for the rest of their lives, so make some fun memories!


Good luck to us all!

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