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6 Socially-Distant Ways to Celebrate Halloween

In a world of social distancing, Halloween plans might look a little different this year.  But, that doesn’t mean it won’t be full of fun, with the right amount of spookiness, and lots and lots of candy!  Bust out the costumes, masks included, and let’s get this Halloween party started.

From reverse trick-or-treating to a neighborhood-wide scavenger hunt, your little monsters will love these activities so much you might find some new family traditions!


Reverse Trick-or-Treating

Fill small containers or resealable bags with your favorite Halloween candy.  Be sure to label them with your names, so recipients know who to thank!  Drop them off at your friends’ mailboxes or on their doorstep on Halloween night.


Boo Bags

Boo’ing your neighbors is a super-fun tradition, kind of like Secret Santa.  Save the two printables below and fill up a mug with your favorite candies from Harris Teeter.  Drop off the goodies, the “You’ve Been Boo’d” instructions, and the “We’ve Been Boo’d” placard on a friend’s doorstep.  Soon the Halloween spirit will be brewing in your neighborhood!

You've Been Boo'd PDF

We've Been Boo'd PDF


Halloween Piñata

Keeping it close to home this Halloween?  Dress up your little ones in their costumes and set their sights on a Halloween piñata.  Loaded with candy and tons of fun to break open, the shrieks on Halloween night will be loaded with delight!


Halloween Candy Hunt

If trick-or-treating isn’t possible in your neighborhood, but you’re looking for a similar experience, stuff candy in Harris Teeter resealable snack bags along with lit glow sticks and hide them in your yard.  Wait until dark for a super spooky candy hunt!


Driveway Treat Bucket

If your neighborhood is keeping the trick-or-treating tradition, participate by saving and printing this “Trick or Treat” printable. Place it next to a candy bucket filled with treats at the end of your driveway on Halloween evening.

Trick or Treat PDF


Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt

Older kids will love this neighborhood hunt!  Put kids in groups of two or more and set them out with cell phones to capture the Halloween-themed images indicated on our Halloween Photo Scavenger Hunt Printable.  They’ll have loads of fun, and the candy prizes at the end won’t hurt either!

Scavenger Hunt PDF


Katie Harding is the publisher of Forks and Folly . A self-taught cook and die-hard foodie, Katie lives in Charlotte with her husband and three boys. Besides cooking and eating, she loves craft beers, running, and napping.