A Halloween Like No Other

By Ellie Hanson

It’s Halloween! The leaves are falling, the air is crisp, and pumpkins are everywhere– just like every year. There are, of course, some obvious differences this year. Every family has different ideas about how the pandemic should shape Halloween. Many still want to enjoy festive activities such as going to pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and trick-or-treating, so it’s hard to know what to expect this Halloween. 

As far as trick-or-treating goes, most households participating will probably replace the usual ritual with something a little more sanitary. Instead of the usual rush of semi-diseased children, moshing shoulder-to-shoulder to parishioners doors, most alternatives include premade goodie bags, to ensure that each kid gets their share. These treats will be set out on tables outside of houses. From the more creative households with more time on their hands, these goodie bags will be sent down a pipe or even a zipline! 

For those that aren’t planning on trick-or-treating and would normally go to a party, there are plenty of exciting crafts and recipes to try out instead! Channel your inner kindergartener, and recreate your favorite childhood crafts, alone, with family, or a small group of (masked) friends! Check out the links below for instructions on how to make some of our favorite Halloween crafts and recipes. Try not to focus on making it look perfect; just have a good time! If it doesn’t turn out how you want it to, you’ll either have a fun souvenir of this wacky Halloween or a delicious treat!

If you’re one to enjoy a walk in the chilly October weather, there’s always the Edmonds Annual Scarecrow Festival to check out! Most businesses downtown have their entries for the competition up like usual, so feel free to take a stroll, maybe grab a pumpkin spice latte, and vote for your favorite scarecrow! It’s a full moon tonight, so be sure to look out for werewolves!

Finally, if you aren’t comfortable with leaving the house, this is the perfect year to finally watch those Halloween or horror movies you keep meaning to watch, or to rewatch your favorites! There are plenty of selections on Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, and other streaming services, such as The Addams Family and Paranorman (Netflix), The Nightmare Before Christmas, Frankenweenie, Hocus Pocus (Disney+), and The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Hulu). 

No matter what happens this Halloween, it probably won’t be like years past, but don’t let that get in the way of having a good time! Be creative, try something new, and most importantly, be safe! Happy Halloween!

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