Safe ways to celebrate Halloween during Covid-19



Local residents are creating Halloweenscapes in their yard.

Long gone are the days where we could participate in trick or treating and be able to walk around our friends and family without masks during this Halloween season. According to scientists and the CDC, traditional door to door trick or treating should be avoided this year.  Along with haunted houses, tractor rides, and Halloween parties. However, despite this pandemic, there are many ways we can all still celebrate Halloween, and partake in the many fun festivities this year. 

There are many fun ways to celebrate Halloween without putting yourself and others in danger. With a little patience and creativity, you all can make your Halloween feel just as normal as possible.

1. Cover your living spaces with all things Halloween.   

Local resident decorates truck. (staff)

2. Go to a pumpkin patch. Pumpkinville Farm in Toano, Virginia has hayrides, a corn maze, and is “also a great place to get all of your Halloween Goodies.”

3. Carve a pumpkin. Watch this “How to Carve a Pumpkin” Video if you are new to pumpkin carving.  

4. Have a scary movie night. If you’re more of a homebody and would rather be cuddled with your loved ones on the magical holiday then this is the perfect choice for you. If you’re with friends and family then it’s recommended to sit in chairs six feet apart. Check out the suggestions in The Lion’s Roar article 

5.  Attend the Newport News Spooktacular Event at all three community centers on October 31. This is a drive-thru trunk-or-treat.  Wear your costumes and stay safe in your car.  Candy will be passed out to all who attend.

  • Denbigh Community Center, 15198 Warwick Blvd. from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Brittingham-Midtown Community Center, 570 McLawhorne Dr. from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Doris Miller Community Center, 2814 Wickham Ave. from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

6.  Visit the Haunted Hunt Club in Virginia Beach.  Information about this event can be found on Haunted Hunt Club Website.  This is a ticketed event and you must purchase tickets online and read their attendance safety rules before you go.

Local residents are turning their yards into Halloweenscapes. (Staff)

7. Walkthrough your neighborhood and look at the outdoor Halloween decorations.

Overall, this Halloween it’s crucial that we find safe ways to allow ourselves and our family members to have fun.