Co-Parenting Halloween Tips in 2020

Let’s Make Sure Halloween’s Not That Scary This Year!

October 1, 2020
BY: Madeline Marzano-Lesnevich

Let’s face it: 2020 is pretty exhausting – and scary.

Going outside with a mask on can make you feel like a character from a movie— say Jason Voorhees or Michael Meyers? Staying home in quarantine for so long can make you feel like a ghost.

And now, with apples being picked and the fall colors coming, it’s Halloween! With the pandemic still, obviously, a major factor in most states, what will trick-or-treating look like? Can you even go pumpkin picking safely? What about a Halloween party?

Once you add in the difficulties brought on by divorce, and the realities of co-parenting, Halloween 2020 could be an unfortunately spooky one.

So, let’s look at some ways you and your children and your co-parent can safely navigate All Hallow’s Eve.

Talk to your co-parent in advance

The most important thing to do is to make a game-plan that fits everyone’s comfort level regarding safety, health and the pandemic. Is trick-or-treating okay with your co-parent, if it’s contactless? Have you discussed who’s in your pod or bubble, or which friends of your children they may trick-or-treat with? Air all these concerns as soon as possible, so you can get onto the fun stuff of what you and your family are going to dress up as.

Plan for alternatives

Some parents won’t be comfortable with trick-or-treating, and that’s okay. Can you organize a trunk-or-treat, where neighborhood cars deliver goodies to costumed children? How about adapting the popular drive-by birthday party concept for Halloween: a variety of costumed cars, all exchanging candy for trick-or-treaters? In the event that traditional trick-or-treating isn’t on the menu, what about a candy-filled Halloween scavenger hunt around your house, or trick-or-treating at your co-parents’, the house of grandparents, anyone already in your bubble? There’s plenty of ways for children to feel like they got the Halloween treatment this year.

Lead up to holiday

Speaking of, in these unprecedented times, you can make Halloween at home last as long as you want! (You’ve probably noticed that each year retailers seem to add an extra day to Halloween time.) If you’re up for going out, many local farms have ticketed, reservations, mask-wearing pumpkin picking times that are outdoors, and with social distancing. Prefer to stay in? Plan out a series of favorite Halloween movies or let Freeform’s ‘31 Nights of Halloween’ program the month for you, including, of course, Hocus Pocus. Pick out Halloween treats to bake (Ghost cookies, anyone? Monster cupcakes?) and set up a custom Halloween playlist with your child on Spotify to listen to. Check out Disney Family’s list of Halloween crafts: The point is, there’s lots of ways to enjoy the haunting without stepping outside of your pandemic comfort zone.

No matter what you dress up as, where you live, or how spooktacular you plan to get, we want you to enjoy a safe, fun and Happy Halloween! And be sure to leave a bowl of candy on your front porch or stoop on Saturday, October 31st, for contactless trick-or-treaters!