How to Celebrate Halloween Safely in Boulder


It’s almost the end of October and still the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage on. You might be wondering: Is Halloween canceled this year? Not even close.

While, sure, you will need to make some serious adjustments to your usual Halloween festivities, you can still celebrate safely. Here’s what you need to know to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 this Halloween.

Make new trick-or-treat traditions

If you’ve got little ones, you’ll want to think carefully about door-to-door trick-or-treating this year.

Consider a few alternative ideas, such as setting up an outdoor treasure hunt with Halloween candy (similar to an Easter egg hunt!) instead of going door-to-door trick-or-treating. If you want to hand out candy from your house, consider building a fun, socially distanced trick-or-treat chute for delivering candy to visitors at a safe distance.

If you simply must go trick-or-treating the traditional way, be sure to stay in your neighborhood, stay with members of your household only and stay six feet away from other groups. Keep your mask on the entire time. Encourage people handing out candy to wear masks the entire time, too. Consider chatting with your neighbors ahead of time to make a plan, such as everyone agreeing to leave individually wrapped treats at the end of the driveway.

If your kids love showing off their costumes to grandma and grandpa, consider doing a drive-by fashion show or give them a call on Zoom or FaceTime.

Carve pumpkins

Carving pumpkins is the perfect Halloween-night activity for your family. You can carve pumpkins in your house with members of your family while getting into the Halloween spirit. Have a mini-contest for the pumpkin with the best design and hand out prizes.

Carving pumpkins. Photo courtesy of Pexels

Play new games

Instead of the Munchkin Masquerade in downtown Boulder, consider playing “Spooky Munchkin” Bingo this year. Between now and Nov. 1, head to to view or download a special PDF bingo card. Put on your Halloween costume (and your mask!), then head downtown to find the hidden characters in various retail stores. Once you get five in a row, be sure to yellow “Bingo!” and snap a photo of each one. Also, take your photo at the booth outside Sunflower Bank. You can win a goodie bag for getting a bingo, and you’ll also be entered to win a Halloween photo contest with a big prize.

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Watch a movie (from your car)

The city of Boulder is hosting a spooky drive-in moving on Oct. 30 for children and adults. There are two showtimes: one at 6 p.m. for little ones (with the movie “Hotel Transylvania”), and one at 8 p.m. for older children and adults (with “Beetlejuice”). Wear your costume (and your mask), and be sure to decorate your vehicle for a chance to win prizes. The cost is $10 per vehicle, per film, and your ticket gets you a pre-made treat bag.

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Take a virtual ghost tour

You can “Meet the Spirits” by taking a self-guided, virtual tour of Columbia Cemetery. You can download a map of the cemetery for your own self-guided tour between now and Nov. 25; there are also spirit reenactment videos available online. Tickets are $10 for members, $14 for nonmembers. For an added fee, you can participate in live-streamed history sessions, too.

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Spooky Halloween decor. Photo courtesy of Pexels

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