13 spooky (and safe) ways to celebrate autumn this year

Pumpkin sitting on the ground in the forest

Autumn means cooler weather, the crunch of leaves, and some spooky Halloween fun. But with the COVID-19 pandemic ongoing, it can be hard to know how you can have the traditional seasonal fun while still staying safe.

To help you choose safe, low-risk activities, we’ve put together a list of 13 ways to have safe fun this season.

  1. Carve pumpkins with members of your household
  2. Hold a Halloween movie night with your household
  3. Create Halloween or fall crafts. Here’s some ideas to get started.
  4. Go for a scenic drive to take in the beautiful fall foliage
  5. Bake fall goodies, like pumpkin bread, or make your own Halloween candy
  6. Hold a virtual Halloween costume contest
  7. Create an outdoor Halloween scavenger hunt
  8. Hold a small group, outdoor, costume parade
  9. Carve pumpkins outdoors with neighbors or friends
  10. Hold an outdoor movie night
  11. Participate in one-way trick-or-treating
    • This involves everyone wearing a face mask and grabbing individually packaged goodie bags while outdoors and at a distance, like from the end of a driveway. Make sure to do this in small, household groups.
  12. Visit a one-way, open-air haunted forest or corn maze
  13. Visit a pumpkin patch or apple orchard

Keep in mind that to make activities safe and low risk, you should:

  • Wear a mask when with others outside of your household
  • Always keep a distance of at least six feet from others
  • Wash your hands often
  • Choose outdoor, open-air locations
  • Choose small-group activities and settings