halloween-blog-imageWe are all looking for the most fun ways to celebrate Halloween safely. Here’s a roundup of recommended ideas and links from public health experts:

  • Decorate both the inside and outside your house, apartment, or living space and share photos with friends and family
  • Walk or drive around and look at spooky decorations all over town! Here’s some recommendations from the Spokesman
  • Take our haunted walking tour of downtown
  • Take a stroll on the walking paths in Spokane’s cemeteries during open hours
  • If you’d rather just look at cemetery records at home, try the Washington State Digital Archives
  • Try your hand at Halloween crafting: use construction paper to make a Halloween scene like a black cat and the moon for your windows, draw funny pumpkin faces, or make a magic wand to create some Halloween magic!
  • Hide candy or mini pumpkins in your house for your kids to find instead of trick or treating
  • Trick or treat at every door inside your house
  • Plan elaborate costumes and makeup and spend time as a family getting ready. Use old clothes to create a costume or sew new pieces. FaceTime or send pictures to relatives.
  • Turn down the lights, make some snacks and have a spooky movie night – check out the horror selections on Kanopy
  • Curl up with some spooky stories – check out these recommended reading lists: digital and physical books (kids) and grown-ups
  • Warm up the house with some spooky baking- pumpkin bread, pumpkin cookies, spooky shaped sugar cookies.
  • Bring back some old-fashioned treats like popcorn balls, caramel apples, and snack mix

For public health recommendations and risk levels for activities, check out the following:

  • Washington State Department of Health tips here and here;
  • CDC guidelines for celebrations here and here

Stay safe and have fun!

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