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Halloween is often an intergenerational evening of fun that families look forward to all year long. Grandparents enjoy tagging along as costumed grandchildren make their rounds collecting candy throughout the neighborhood. Halloween is second only to Christmas as far as holiday spending goes. From costumes to candy, Americans spent 8.8 billion dollars last year.
This year’s Halloween, however, will present challenges we haven’t encountered before, all due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The highly infectious virus has caused people of all ages to skip or adapt favorite pastimes and activities. Some areas of the country are cancelling or limiting community-wide events for fear of causing the coronavirus to spread.
Because the virus is impacting older adults in disproportionate numbers, seniors need to be especially cautious. Many have been physical distancing and minimizing public outings since the spring, including events with family members.
What can families do to mark the occasion without putting loved ones at risk? With a little creativity, it’s still possible to safely celebrate Halloween this October.
Celebrating Halloween during COVID-19
We hope this gives you a few ideas for celebrating Halloween without putting yourself or family members at risk for contracting the coronavirus.
Staying Engaged from a Distance
If you are looking for other ways to remain close to family members who live in a senior community, while physically distancing, we have some suggestions. How to Stay Connected with Loved Ones in Senior Living during COVID-19 shares tips ranging from care packages to family videos.