Celebrating Halloween is going to be different this year, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the Halloween and fall season come with fun and festive traditions like trick-or-treating and haunted houses, it's important to remember that many (if not most) of these activities come with the risk of spreading or contracting the coronavirus. Given that Halloween isn't canceled altogether (at least, depending on where you live), you can still celebrate in safe ways. But you will have to be a bit creative and flexible compared to what you may be used to.
Host a virtual costume party
Dress, up, make costumes, or put on a crazy wig and invite your child’s friends and family to a virtual costume party using one of many popular video chat apps. Make it fun and incorporate a dance party, sing-along, or parade around the house.
Decorate and carve pumpkins
One of Halloween’s best traditions is decorating and carving pumpkins. This can also be a fun outdoor and socially distanced activity for you and the people in your social bubble. Or, host a pumpkin decorating contest virtually using a video chat app.
Set up a candy hide-and-seek
Hide individually wrapped candy throughout the house or yard, and let the kids go find it. Or, map out a scavenger hunt with clues to where you hid the candy.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also released guidelines with helpful tips for staying safe this fall and Halloween.
High-risk activities to avoid this Halloween
The CDC cites the following activities as higher risk for spreading COVID-19 and recommends avoiding them:
Some lower-risk activities the CDC recommends include:
Remember, Halloween during the COVID-19 pandemic is a chance for you and your children to get creative, and maybe even invent some new traditions for your family! It's also a great opportunity to model flexibility and a positive spirit. If you're excited and make it fun, your kids will have fun, too.
People of all ages celebrate and look forward to Halloween every year. But when it comes down to it, the holiday is really all about the kids. The opportunity to spend an evening getting free candy and eating too many Halloween treats is one of the greatest annual childhood joys. But before they can get all that delicious candy, they need to settle on the perfect costume. There are so many options for kids to choose from when it comes to dressing up for Halloween that it's hard to know where to begin. Once your kid has settled on a general costume idea, it's time to think about whether or not their costume requires face makeup or masks, and whether it needs to be store bought or if it's something that you and your children can make together. These moments spent together bonding and being creative will be memories that will last a lifetime! Here are some ideas for DIY costumes!
Here Comes the Sun Costume
All you need is: an over-size yellow sweatshirt, orange and yellow felt, elastic, rickrack, pipe cleaners, fabric glue, a large safety pin
She’s the sunshine of your life, so show the world! A basic sweatshirt is the start of this cheery costume. The smiling face of the sun is made from felt. A plain long-sleeve tee and yellow kneesocks or tights finish it off!
Raining Cats and Dogs Costume
All you need is: a child-size clear umbrella, black sticky felt, black poster board, fabric pencil, gray thread, a needle
Drips are for kids! This clever idea is sure to be a hit in your neighborhood. Pair the decorated umbrella with the raincoat and rain boots your child already owns and she’ll be set to have a blast in any weather.
Fluffly Blue Cloud Costume
All you need is: an over-size pale-blue sweatshirt, white felt, batting, string, a large needle, small toy airplane or helicopter (make sure it’s age-appropriate), fabric glue
This is a heaven-sent get-up for a boy or a girl. You may already have the starting pieces for this costume—a sweatshirt, coordinating sweatpants and a long-sleeve plain tee. The fluffy effect of the cloud is surprisingly easy to achieve with batting.
Lightning Bolt Costume
All you need is: an over-size black shirt, silver lame, heavy cardstock, batting, black felt, fabric glue, black gloves
For the wild child whose energy seems to be heaven-sent, what better choice than a bright bolt? He’ll be sure to electrify the entire neighborhood!
Mr. Twister Costume
All you need is: a hula hoop, 2 large adult-sized dark-gray T-shirts, fabric glue, 10 yd black tulle, a stapler, twigs, dark-gray gloves
Your little one will have fun in this twister costume when he storms out of the house, ready for candy and trick-or-treating fun on Halloween night.
Store-bought Halloween costumes are expensive and, oftentimes, cheaply made. Rather than break the bank on something that'll last for, oh, 30 minutes, go the homemade route. These DIY Halloween costumes for kids are easy to make and more unique, so your kid will be sure to stand out in a crowd.
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Whether you're planning a scary and spectacular Halloween bash or just fueling up the kids before a long night of trick-or-treating, your little monsters will scream for joy for these tasty Halloween treats. Making food with your family is always a great way to bond and create memories! And who doesn’t love getting a little spooky??
3 c. kettle corn
2 c. pretzels
1 c. semisweet chocolate chips, melted
1 c. white chocolate chips, melted
1/2 c. candy corn
1/2 c. yellow, orange, and chocolate M&M's
2 tsp. Halloween-colored sprinkles or nonpareils
On a parchment-lined baking sheet, place a single layer of kettle corn. Mix in pretzels, making sure you have a single layer.
Transfer melted chocolates to separate piping or Ziploc bags (with a corner snipped).
Drizzle kettle corn and pretzels with melted semisweet chocolate, making sure to drizzle lines very close together (you want the majority of the mix to be covered in chocolate).
Top with candy corn and M&M's and drizzle with melted white chocolate. Top with sprinkles and freeze or refrigerate until chocolate is firm, 20 minutes.
Break into pieces and serve.
Jack-o'-Lantern Rice Krispies
Non-stick baking spray
6 tbsp. butter, divided
1 drop green food coloring
6 c. Mini Marshmallows, divided
6 c. Rice Krispies
1 drop orange food coloring
Candy corn, for eyes
Melted chocolate, for mouths
Lightly coat a baking sheet with non-stick spray. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Stir in green food coloring and 2 cups mini marshmallows.
Cook until marshmallows are melted, then turn off heat and add 2 cups Rice Krispies, stirring until combined.
Meanwhile, in another saucepan over medium heat, melt
remaining 4 tablespoons butter. Stir in orange food coloring and remaining 4 cups marshmallows. Cook until marshmallows are melted, then turn off heat and add 4 cups Rice Krispies, stirring until combined.
Using slightly dampened hands, press mixtures into pan, alternating to create three thin horizontal stripes of green and larger horizontal stripes of orange.
Use a 2.5" pumpkin cookie cutter to stamp out shapes, then make eyes with candy corn and mouths using melted chocolate in a piping bag.
Jack 'O Lantern Quesadillas
Cooking spray, for pan
2 c. shredded rotisserie chicken
Juice of 1/2 lime
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
8 medium flour tortillas
3/4 c. shredded Cheddar
3/4 c. Shredded Monterey Jack
1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
Hot sauce, for serving
Preheat oven to 425° and grease a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, add chicken and toss with lime juice, chili powder, and garlic powder.
Assemble quesadillas: Using a paring knife, cut a Jack-o-Lantern pattern into 4 flour tortillas.
Sprinkle chicken and cheese onto remaining 4 tortillas, and top with Jack-o-Lanterns. Place quesadillas onto baking sheet, brush with oil, and bake until cheese is melty and tortillas are golden, 15 minutes.
Serve with hot sauce.
1 lb. ground beef
1/4 c. minced onion
1/4 c. panko breadcrumbs
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
1 large egg
Freshly ground black pepper
1 8-oz. tube Pillsbury crescent roll sheet
Yellow mustard, for decorating
Preheat oven to 400°. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment.
In a large bowl, add beef, onion, panko, garlic, parsley, and egg. Season generously with salt and pepper. Mix ingredients together with a wooden spoon until well combined, then shape into 1” balls. Place onto baking sheet and set aside.
Slice crescent sheet in half widthwise, and then into long, thin strips. Wrap a piece of dough around meatballs to resemble a mummy, leaving a space to make eyes later on.
Bake until meatballs are cooked through and dough is golden, about 15 minutes. Cover sheet with foil if dough starts to get too dark.
Make two mustard dots for eyes on each mummy meatball and serve.
Ghost Pizza Bagels
8 slices mozzarella
8 mini bagels
1/2 c. marinara
4 black olives
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Cut mozzarella slices into ghost shapes using a paring knife.
Spread a thin layer of marinara over pizza bagel and top with ghost.
Bake until cheese is melty, 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, cut olives into little pieces for eyes. Dot the ghosts and serve.
We hope this school year is going well and that everyone is enjoying fall! Here is issue 1 of our Team ELM Newsletter, always keeping you updated with all new and fun things happening! As always if you have any questions or are interested in any programs offered, please call us anytime at 732-301-7015, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org! Thank you for the continued love and support!!
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