Halloween in a Pandemic


Are ready for some Halloween fun? (picture taken from History.com)

The Autumn season has just begun, yet for many, it feels difficult to engage in fun seasonal activities. COVID-19 has drastically impacted our lives but here are some ways to enjoy a festive, safe, and socially distanced Halloween. 

  • Drive through haunted house/hayride
    • Especially in a year filled with social distancing and mask wearing, a drive-through haunted house is the perfect way to remain safe and have fun. The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride is taking the hayride off the trail and allowing you to feel the Halloween spirit in the safety of your parked vehicle! The Live Drive Up Experience.

      The iconic pyramid of jack-o-lanterns greet people at the entrance of the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride. (in courtesy of Westcoaster, on online review page of the latest theme parks and leisure activities)
  • Carve pumpkins 
    • This is one of the best ways to feel the Halloween spirit. Any local grocery store will have pumpkins, but if you would like a little more adventure, we recommend Underwood Family Farms (wear a mask). Walk around and pick out your favorite pumpkins to take home! Feel free to use a stencil if you desire an intricate design. Amazon has wonderful pumpkin carving kits with fun stencils. While you carve your pumpkins, you can also bake some delicious pumpkin seeds! This is such an easy way to have a delicious Halloween snack.

      Such a fun and creative way to enjoy Halloween! (taken from Popsugar – an American media company)
  • Bake Halloween treats 
  • Decorate your house with Halloween decorations
    • A fun way to get into the holiday spirit is decorating!  This can include DIY arts and crafts, halloween lights, a spooky skeleton or anything to transform your home. Pinterest has amazing DIY Halloween decorations that are extremely easy to make, but yet still so festive!
  • Festive Zoom with friends
    • Although seeing your friends in person may not be an option, there are many fun virtual possible activities. Listening to a Halloween playlist, showing off your costumes, carving pumpkins together, or having a dance party are just a few fun options.
  • Have a Halloween movie marathon 
    • Who doesn’t love sitting next to the fireplace and watching a scary movie? Movie marathons are a perfect way to feel the festive spooky spirit. Some of our favorite Halloween movies include Hocus Pocus, Halloweentown, Twitches, Beetlejuice, and Hubie Halloween.

      The classic Halloween movie Beetlejuice’s movie cover depicts Barbara, Beetlejuice, and Adam (from left to right) – taken from IMBd, a well-known film overview site.
  • Drive-in-movie
    • Want to stay safe but still enjoy a movie experience outside your home? There are so many drive-in-movies that are featuring Halloween movies. Check out this article by Timeout that lists many different locations throughout LA that offer spooky Halloween movies throughout the month of October!