Local Alternate Halloween Activities
by Alexis Peters on 10/12/2020 9:27am
Here are the details of the Arkansas Department of Health’s Halloween guidelines — and some local ideas to celebrate the holiday as a family.
The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) suggests families find other holiday fun than traditional house-to-house trick-or-treating. Here’s a rundown of the ADH COVID-19 Halloween Guidelines:
- Halloween masks do not equal a cloth mask.
- Do not wear a cloth mask under a Halloween mask.
- Suggestion: Wear a mask! For a festive twist, find a cloth mask made from a Halloween fabric.
- Only accept factory-wrapped candies.
- Do not enjoy candy until you have sanitized each piece.
- Safer ways to hand out treats:
- Funnel them through a PVC pipe.
- Place treats in bags for participants to pick up.
- Wash your hands for 20 seconds before and after putting together treat bags.
- Maintain social distancing while kids grab bags and go.
- One-way trick-or-treating where individually wrapped goodie bags are lined up for families to grab and go while continuing to social distance (such as at the end of a driveway or at the edge of a yard).
- Small group (no more than 10 people) outdoor, open-air costume party or parade where people are distanced more than 6 feet apart.
- Trunk-or-treat event where masks are worn and social distancing can be assured.
- Open-air, one-way, walk-through haunted forest where appropriate mask use is enforced and people can remain more than 6 feet apart.
- Pumpkin patches or orchards where people use hand sanitizer before touching pumpkins or picking apples, wearing masks is enforced and people are able to maintain social distancing.
High-Risk Activities to Avoid
- Traditional trick-or-treating where treats are handed to children who go door to door.
- Trunk-or-treat where treats are handed out from trunks of cars lined up in large parking lots where social distancing between participants can’t be ensured.
- Crowded costume parties held indoors or large outdoor gatherings.
- Indoor haunted houses where people may be crowded together and screaming.
- Hayrides or tractor rides with people who are not in your household.
Here are some low- to moderate-risk activities to enjoy around the metro this Halloween season:
- “You've Been Booed" Halloween Fundraiser for the Junior League of Little Rock | Until October 16
- Garvan Gardens Fall Celebration Saturdays | October Saturdays
- Shadows at Sixth Street | October 9-31
- Halloweekends at Magic Springs | Saturday and Sundays October 10-November 1
- ARToberfest | Until October 18
- Virtual Little Rock Big Boo!seum Bash 2020 | Starting October 20
- Funland Halloween Carnival | October 23-24 & October 30-31
- Spooky Tinkering at the Museum of Discovery | October 24
- Travelers Halloween Festival and Movie Night | October 24
- Virtual Halloween at HAM | October 29
- Harry Potter Halloween Brunch at Nexus | October 31
- Doggie Costume Contest + Adoption Event at Bernice Garden | October 31
- SoMa Trunk-or-Treat | October 31
- Pumpkin Patches | Until November 1
- Arkansas Circus Arts Halloween + Fall Show at Lake Willastein Park | November 1
- Creepy + Creative Workshops at the Innovation Hub | throughout October
- Spooky Scoops + Shakes at Loblolly | throughout October
Of course, don’t forget to add classic activities like pumpkin carving and spooky porch decorations to your Halloween agenda. We also rounded up where you can get themed cookie decorating kits and gear to create another sweet way to celebrate.
Many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses. Read our guidance for important...Posted by Arkansas Department of Health on Tuesday, October 6, 2020