Halloween is officially upon us (cue the creepy piano music)! Although the holiday will look different this year during COVID-19, there are plenty of fun and safe ways to celebrate the spooky szn at home. We don’t mean eating a bag of candy alone, which we may or may not be doing. Try these low-risk activities to help keep the spirit of Halloween alive:
1. Carve or decorate pumpkins
Start with a trip to your local pumpkin patch. Many patches are outdoors and have adapted to COVID-19 safety protocols. Whether you're carving pumpkins with family or a tight-knit group of trusted friends, keep a safe distance, and hand sanitizer beforehand.
2. Have a virtual costume contest
Get together safely for an online party with friends and family. Prep some good food and drinks, have a costume competition, and play games! Just because it’s virtual doesn’t mean it can’t be fun.
3. Watch a spooky movie marathon
Plan a scary movie night with lots of popcorn and candy.
4. Create an outdoor scavenger hunt
Play a game of Halloween egg hunt, it's easy and limits the risk of going door to door. We know some may want to go out for trick-or-treating, but remember that’s a medium-high risk activity - all the same guidelines still apply.
Wear a face mask - a costume mask is not a substitute
Keep safe distances
Limit the number of people in your trick-or-treat squad
Only accept wrapped treats
Wash hands for 20 seconds before eating candy
5. Search for Halloween drive-thru events
Get spooky from the safety of your car. Check your local listings for contactless, drive-thru haunted houses or drive-thru movie theaters playing Halloween movies.
Come out to Hall-O-Screen!
The fear of not knowing your STD status is real, but no worries, we've got you covered. Our friends at the Ybor Youth Clinic are hosting Hall-O-Screen, a free STI/HIV screening event on Friday, October 30th from 9pm to midnight! Go ahead and take advantage of the free testing offered #knowyourstatus.