In the wake of COVID-19, the year 2020 is anything but ordinary. Large events and gatherings across the U.S. have been postponed, modified, or cancelled altogether. It’s safe to say that everyone’s lives have been influenced by the pandemic one way or another.
However, as difficult as the pandemic has been for adults, it has arguably been more difficult for children. Mentally and physically, the stress of quarantine and COVID-19 itself has taken a toll, and children have been heavily affected. While there are many controversial topics surrounding the pandemic, Halloween doesn’t need to be one of them.
Parents this season are looking for a glimpse of normality for their children, and Halloween is the perfect time for just that. As one of the biggest holidays of the year for families, we shouldn’t be asking whether or not Halloween should be celebrated. Instead, we should be looking for ways to make it as safe and enjoyable as possible. Luckily, the experts at Taffy Town have developed a comprehensive guide to help you and your family celebrate Halloween 2020 in the best way.
In a year where nothing feels normal, you can make Halloween sweeter than ever with these tips from Taffy Town. Let’s get started with some general tips for trick-or-treating.
General Trick-or-Treat Guidelines
- Observe social distancing by maintaining a 6 feet distance between other trick-or-treaters. While physically distanced, your kids can still have fun celebrating their favorite holiday outside amongst friends.
- Sanitize your and your child’s hands often, particularly between houses and before opening a package.
- Wear a mask – not just a costume mask – opt for a mask that matches your child’s costumes style or pick a costume where a mask is an essential part of it (ex. Doctor or ninja).
- Avoid large gatherings that take place indoors or where maintaining proper social distancing is not an option.
Why Salt Water Taffy is the Perfect Halloween Treat
Salt water taffy is much more than just a delicious summer dessert. In fact, taffy is the perfect bite-sized candy for any occasion, year-round. Offering nearly every flavor under the sun, Taffy Town’s salt water taffy is the nation’s choice for a unique Halloween treat. Here’s why:
They’re individually wrapped. This year, handing out individually wrapped candy isn’t just a good idea, it’s critical to maintaining a safe, healthy holiday. Wrap up a few pieces of taffy in small gift bags or hand them out individually!
Taffy is original. Handing out salt water taffy for trick-or-treaters is a great way to think outside the box. After a while all chocolate starts to taste the same, but salt water taffy never gets old!
Bite-sized perfection. Parents love salt water taffy for its compact size. Kids can eat a few pieces at a time without getting a tummy ache, and parents can partake for a guilt-free treat that’s only 7 calories per bite.
So, you’ve ordered your salt water taffy and you’re ready for the trick-or-treaters to stop by your home on Halloween night. The next step is to determine how to safely get the delicious candy to the neighborhood children without the risk of spreading germs. Here’s what our candy experts recommend:
Creative Trick-or-Treat Ideas
Grab & go bags. You can ensure that the candy from your home is safe to partake by pre-packaging a few pieces of candy in grab & go bags. Not only is it safer than having trick-or-treaters pick candy from a bowl, it makes for a speedy solution. Want to take up a notch? Try packaging your candy in balloons for a grab & go treat that the entire neighborhood will remember for years to come.
Create a spooky candy graveyard. This might be the easiest way to accomplish two goals: decorate with style and give candy to the trick-or-treaters. Simply decorate your lawn with a few tombstones and sprinkle sweets throughout with a sign to indicate that kids can take a piece. That’s right—the neighborhood kids are going to clean up your yard for you. Could it get any better than that?
Make a candy chute. If you’ve got a knack for DIY, we’ve got the project for you. Take some PVC pipe and build a tube system that can transport candy to the trick-or-treaters in a flash. Social distance approved? Check. Creative beyond belief? Also check. See how this dad made the most of Halloween 2020 with his contactless candy chute here.
Leave candy outside. If you still want to give out candy without any of the risk, you can set your candy on the porch with a spooky sign to remind them to only take one piece. Simple, safe, and delicious all at the same time.
Whether you’re trick-or-treating with your little ones or passing out candy from home, it’s recommended to stay outside if you plan on participating. Avoid directly handing out candy where you may come within 6 feet of others.
October 31st this year may not feel like the ones before it, but even a pandemic can’t cancel Halloween. With these tips, you can make Halloween 2020 a safe, sweet success. Who knows? You may even find a few traditions that are worth holding onto.
No matter how you choose to celebrate the holiday, keep it sweet and simple with salt water taffy from Taffy Town. Visit our site to order our Halloween taffy, or discover a new favorite flavor today!