31 ways to celebrate Halloween this year

Updated 1104 GMT (1904 HKT) October 1, 2020

(CNN)We know door-to-door trick-or-treating may be discouraged or canceled this year, and indoor haunted houses with friends and crowded costume parties are risky. Indeed, Covid-19 looming over us is Halloween's biggest scare.

Don't despair! A global pandemic doesn't change these facts: Halloween 2020 falls on a Saturday. That evening there will be a full moon. And that night we also move the clocks back for daylight saving time. It's the perfect recipe for a late night of ghoulish fun with loved ones.
If you have energy to muster, you could build a contactless candy delivery system, like a catapult, for the children in your neighborhood. But that's not required to have fun this season. Even if you don't have a DIY degree from Home Depot, we've got loads of ways to safely keep the spirit of Halloween alive this month.

Dress up

1. Plan the outfit. Design the most 2020/pandemic-appropriate costume: health care professionals, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, "Karen," Zoom zombies, Black Panther in honor of the late Chadwick Boseman and the vaccine that might halt the spread of Covid-19 are sure to be popular.
2. Cover your face in style. Order cute or creepy Halloween-themed face coverings to wear during your socially distant activities. Keep it real: As the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reminds us, costume masks are not a suitable substitute for protective cloth face coverings.
3. Stay in costume. Dress up throughout the entire week leading up to Halloween, whether you are running errands, walking the dog or joining a Zoom meeting.
4. Stage a family photo shoot. Pick a family costume theme, take some porch portraits and wait for the likes to pour in on Instagram, or mail out a batch of Halloween cards instead of holiday greetings. I'm digging the party animals.

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