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Halloween at a Distance

Plenty of activities to keep up tradition

By Colin Anderson

With restrictions on gatherings still in place, many people will be choosing to celebrate Halloween at home or at a distance this season. While the packed costume parties might not be part of the equation this year, that isn’t to say you still can’t have a great time with the kids or your close inner circle.

Instead of door-to-door trick-or-treating, consider making some of your favorite Halloween candies at home. If you have leftovers still stashed from last year, try adding them to a batch of chocolate chip cookies or brownies. There are also plenty of recipes online to recreate favorites like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Snickers or even gummy worms.

If you want to give out candy without contact, make up a fun obstacle course or leave trick or treaters clues on where to find the secret stash of candy on your property. Hiding candy in Easter eggs around your yard would also be an option. If you feel like getting out of the house you can also put on your favorite costume, bring a big bucket of candy, and leave pieces at the driveway of families in the neighborhood.

Many families enjoy driving around their communities looking at Christmas lights; this year why not seek out the most creatively decorated Halloween homes? Create a homemade BINGO card for the kids with items like pumpkin, skeleton, spider web, witch, etc. For each space they cross off they can choose a piece of candy from your own supply.

Finally, perhaps it’s time to get reacquainted with some of the classic horror, slasher or supernatural movies. Turn the lights down, pop on your favorite streaming service and find something that will give you a good scare. A Halloween-inspired cocktail (for the adults!) might help calm any nerves. Happy Halloween!

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