Safe ways to enjoy Halloween

The leaves are falling, and the weather is getting colder. Fall is here, and fall means Halloween. This year, Halloween masks look a little different, but don’t be scared! There are still safe ways to enjoy the spooky season this year.

  1. Carve a pumpkin… or two!

This is something you can do by yourself or safely with others. Sit in the grass and spread out from your friends. Make a scary jack-o-lantern or carve out a message; you can even paint your pumpkin!

2. Have a spooky photoshoot with close friends!

Mask up and get with a couple of friends and do a mini fall photoshoot. This is a fun way to get out of your room, boost your social media feed, and be done from a safe distance.

 Meridith Daffron-Byrd’s sister-in-law dressed up in a dollar tree table cloth and took a ghost photo.
Photo by Meridith Daffron-Byrd.

3. Find a DIY project and recreate it: Pumpkin Stress Balls

This easy craft is based on one found on Pinterest from It is a fun way to destress this semester in a spooky way. The supplies are things that can be found lying around: rice or flour, a balloon, something to funnel the rice or flour into the balloon, and a marker to make some funny faces! Check it out at

4. Have a Halloween movie marathon

See how many Halloween classics you can watch in one sitting or spend all of Halloweekend binge-watching! Choose from movies like “Hocus Pocus,” “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “Beetlejuice,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” and, of course, Disney’s “Halloweentown” four-part series to get in a festive mood!

5. Decorate to enjoy the holiday

Dollar Tree has lots of Halloween decorations and everything is one dollar. You truly can’t beat that! This is a cheap way to enjoy the holiday and get in the spooky spirit.

These Decorations were purchased at the local dollar store; An affordable way to enjoy Halloween! 
Photo by Meridith Daffron-Byrd.

Just because you can’t have a typical Halloween doesn’t mean you can’t have a fun one! All of the above activities can be done while complying with safety guidelines. If you decide to recreate or enjoy any of the above, share your results and experiences in the comments or tag @highlandechomc on Instagram. Have a safe and spook-tacular Halloween! 

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