Holloween during a pandemic

The date, marked with a pumpkin on the calendar, has been staring at us since the month of October began. Who am I kidding? The kids have been asking about Halloween since August. They wondered if Halloween would even happen. At the time they knew that in-person school was being delayed because of the pandemic so it was easy to see why they were concerned. As September came, many of other events were cancelled – the high school Homecoming dance, the City of San Antonio’s Fiesta celebration, Oktoberfest and more.

For kids, Halloween is something they look forward. Who can blame them? Candy and dressing up in costume make this a popular holiday – probably coming in just behind Christmas. Heck, for some Halloween may be even better than Christmas.

And this year, Halloween lands on a Saturday (with a full moon). How perfect is that? You can stay out late without your parents reminding you about school the next day. So, yes, the fate of Halloween has been on their minds a lot. They were worried that the city would ban trick-or-treating.

The good news broke last week – it seems the city won’t be banning trick-or-treating. (Though I am sure that could change if we see a spike in the next two weeks.) But for now the City and Metro Health have released guidelines for a safer Halloween. Many of them are things that are already in place – wear a mask, stay home if your sick, limit the group that you travel with, if you host a party it should be outside (without a buffet or shared food).

They also suggested participating in distance trick-or-treating where children don’t have to come to your door. This might mean sitting at the end of the driveway with a table set up for kids to grab a treat and go. Or you could get creative like a few ideas I’ve seen online.

I haven’t decided how I will hand out candy but it might be just me sitting at the end of the driveway with my The Nightmare Before Christmas mask.

And of course the city and the CDC has listed a bunch of other activities you could do instead of trick-or-treating which include pumpkin carving, a scavenger hunt or a spooky movie night at home.

But you know that won’t be us here. The kids already have their costumes and will be going trick-or-treating in the neighborhood. And for those of you who read this blog every year you know my husband has been creating their costumes as he does many of the years.

Jase is going to be a Mandalorian warrior from the Star Wars franchise (not THE Mandalorian from the Disney + show but a totally unique Mandalorian warrior.) Here is an image for you non-Star Wars nerds…

Lexie is going to be a Witch/Mystic Sage character and carry a glowing staff. Here is an image of one of the pieces of her costume though hers is in an olive green.

I’ll post their finished costumes later as they are still a work-in-progress at this point. I’m just glad that trick-or-treating is on for this year. This along with them returning to school last week is making things feel a little more “normal.”

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