Though the coronavirus pandemic is still in full swing, that doesn’t mean that holiday festivities in your HOA should be canceled. It’s still possible to have a spooktacular Halloween during COVID-19 — as long as you make certain adjustments. Other than the traditional trick-or-treating, there are plenty of fun Halloween activities you can have in your community.
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Fun Halloween COVID-19 Activities for Your HOA
Traditional trick-or-treating has a high risk of spreading the coronavirus, as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If you want to protect the health and safety of the entire community, here are some fun Halloween activities you can do instead.
1. Outdoor Horror Movie Night
You can host an outdoor movie night featuring your favorite Halloween movie. Outdoor events — combined with proper social distancing — have a lower risk of spreading the virus. If your chosen movie is scream-inducing, though, have your guests wear protective face masks or increase the distance between each guest. If your community has space for it, the HOA can also host a drive-in movie screening. The community can come together to celebrate Halloween but remain safe inside their vehicles.
2. Halloween Scavenger Hunt
A Halloween scavenger hunt is a fantastic alternative to the traditional trick-or-treating. You can have a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt in your yard or go around your neighborhood. Children can search for treats similar to an Easter egg hunt. For added safety, make sure the treats are individually wrapped and avoid placing them in communal bowls. If you decide to go outside, remember to wear protective face masks, bring hand sanitizer, and practice social distancing. Participating families can have a rotating schedule so that not too many people are out at the same time.
3. Halloween House Decorating Contest
You can still have some Halloween fun without leaving your home. The HOA can host a Halloween house decorating contest for the members of the community. Families can have a lot of fun decorating their homes and making sure it’s as spooky as can be. At the end of the night, a panel of judges can award the best-decorated Halloween houses. The judging and announcement can be done online so the entire community can watch and participate.
4. Virtual Haunted House Tour
Families can also host a virtual haunted house tour to show off their spooky Halloween decorations. Even though this is a virtual event, you can still have a lot of fun with your friends and family. There’s also peace of mind knowing that everyone is safe in the comforts of their own home. Aside from a haunted house tour, the online event can include a costume contest or a dance party.
5. Pumpkin Carving or Decorating
Some Halloween traditions can live on despite the coronavirus pandemic. For instance, families can still visit a pumpkin patch as long as they wear protective face masks, maintain social distancing, and use a hand sanitizer before and after touching the pumpkins. Then, at home, families can spend the night carving and decorating their pumpkins. Though this activity is more low-key compared to others, families can bond and spend quality time together.
6. Socially Distanced Halloween Costume Parade
Dressing up is one of the most exciting aspects of Halloween. If you already have your costumes prepared, don’t let them go to waste! The HOA can host a Halloween costume parade with proper safety protocols including social distancing. Those who want to participate can join the parade while the rest of the community can admire the costumes safely from their lawns or driveways.
7. Drive-Thru Trick-or-Treating
The more contact with other people, the higher risk of spreading the coronavirus. If you still want your children to experience trick-or-treating this year, consider having a modified version of it. There are many possibilities with drive-thru trick-or-treating.
For instance, chosen HOA representatives can drop off loot bags at each house. Families can also ride their vehicles and pick up loot bags at participating houses. If there are other people collecting treats, the next family can safely wait for their turn inside their vehicle.
Halloween COVID 19 Activities That Will Keep Your Community Safe
The coronavirus pandemic has led to significant changes in everyone’s lives. Given everything that has happened, holiday festivities such as Halloween may be what many of your homeowners need to cope with the next phase of COVID-19.
Instead of the traditional Halloween activities like trick-or-treating, though, some adjustments have to be made to keep your community safe. Hopefully, these fun Halloween COVID 19 activities can serve as a guide on how you can celebrate the upcoming holiday.
If your HOA needs further guidance on COVID-19 and the upcoming holiday season, feel free to contact Elite Management Services today!
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