Our Quarantined Halloween!

Social distanced activities, pumpkin picking, other events, and recommendations from the CDC on how to safely celebrate Halloween 2020.

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When quarantine started 7 months ago in March, we never would have thought that Halloween 2020 would involve social distancing, masks, and even canceled events. Yet here we are. As the holiday season is approaching, it’s safe to say that Halloween is the day most kids and teenagers look forward to. COVID-19 has forced the holiday to become even more creative in ways to spook and treat those celebrating.

For younger kids and their families, there are plenty of farms and corn mazes with socially distanced activities such as pumpkin picking, hay bale rides, and perfect opportunities for pictures. Sneads Farm located in Fredericksburg, Virginia offers pumpkin picking, play areas with swings and seesaws, and farm stands. A sophomore who recently visited said, “It was a beautiful day when my family and I visited and there’s a lot to look at. We picked pumpkins for our front porch and made a day of it. Definitely worth it!”

For those who seek the thrills of Halloween, Death Trail in Dumfries, Virginia is open again this year! Karissa Turgeon gave us her review on the 2020 Death Trail, “I just recently went to the Death Trail this past weekend with a small group of friends. It was very safe and COVID precautions were taken. There were signs everywhere reminding us to stay six feet apart and masks were required. I know some people might be concerned about it not being as fun or thought everything would be very complicated due to the precautions, but it was actually super enjoyable and didn’t feel that different from the normal Death Trail experience at all. All the workers wore masks and the staff was very friendly and helpful. I definitely recommend going if you can!”

The spooky spirit lives all over Northern Virginia. No, really. Ghost tours! Ghost tours are offered in D.C., Occoquan, and other locations in Virginia. 

The Workhouse Art Center in Lorton, Virginia is hosting a Nightmare Alley drive-thru terror event on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays October 2-31. Also, a kiddie drive-thru trick-or-treat.

As for traditional trick or treating, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers it a “higher risk activity” along with trunk-or-treats, attending an indoor Halloween party, and attending indoor haunted houses. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends these lower-risk activities instead:

  • Carving and decorating pumpkins with family
  • Decorating your house with Halloween decorations
  • Having Halloween scavenger hunts
  • Doing a virtual costume contest
  • Doing a virtual Halloween movie night

Some friends and family members are still doing Halloween gatherings, with fewer people, masks, and social distancing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises those who will continue with festivities to consider the following:

  • Levels of COVID-19 in the community
  • Location of gathering
  • Duration of gathering 
  • Number of guests attending
  • Location of guests prior to the gathering
  • The behavior of guests prior to and after the event

Halloween and the exciting holidays that will follow must still be celebrated with cautious plans and in consideration of COVID-19 and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and recommendations. Have fun, stay safe, and don’t stay out too late! Happy Halloween Hylton bulldogs!