Toddlers celebrate Halloween during COVID

COVID Safe Halloween Tips

Halloween is going to look a little different this year compared to the fun door-to-door trick-or-treating and hayrides we’re used to. With COVID-19 forcing us to celebrate the holiday at a safe social distance, we’ve gathered everything you need to have a fun, happy, and healthy Halloween that follows all of the CDC’s guidelines.

Decorate a Pumpkin

It’s not safe for toddlers and smaller children to carve pumpkins, so here are some fun no-carve pumpkin ideas for them to try.

Paint a Pumpkin 

Definitely the easiest option when it comes to children decorating pumpkins. You can give them the paint and let them have it. Tape off fun designs underneath to peel off once it’s dry or use finger paints for a more hands-on activity.

Pumpkin Push-In Kits 

Gemmy Paw Patrol Chase The Police Pup Pumpkin Push-in Kit Halloween Prop

Most stores have these push-in kits you can buy in all different kinds of characters from Paw Patrol, Toy Story, Minnie Mouse, and more. These are very easy for smaller kids to create a cool pumpkin. Some even come with paint so the pumpkin can match the character.

Use Temporary Tattoos 

This is one of the coolest ideas I’ve come across. You can find so many different packs of tattoos online and once they peel off the pumpkin, you can decorate them again.

Go on a Halloween Scavenger Hunt

Halloween scavenger hunt for toddlers

Take a walk around the neighborhood with your child and see how many of the items on the list they can find. If you want to make it more of a game, you can also do a Bingo version to see who can get five in a row first.

Halloween Bingo

Watch a Toddler-Friendly Halloween Movie

Small kids definitely aren’t ready for the scary movies mom and dad may want to watch. But, there are still some great options for the whole family to enjoy. Our Top 10 list includes:

  1. Monsters Inc.
  2. Hotel Transylvania
  3. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
  4. Coco
  5. Spooky Buddies
  6. Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie 
  7. Toy Story of Terror
  8. Curious George: A Halloween Boofest
  9. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Mickey’s Treat
  10. Super Monsters Save Halloween 

Dress the Little Ones Up

These Halloween themed onesies will keep your little one dressed up all month long.

Happy Pumpkin

Carter's 2-Piece Halloween Jumpsuit and Cap Set (Newborn, Orange/Jack-O-Lantern)

Keep it simple and dress baby up as a pumpkin with a matching cap.

Little Monster

Carter's Baby Boys' Striped Footie (Baby) - Monster - 3 Months

This onesie for your little monster can be worn long after Halloween is over.

Baby Skeleton

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There are a couple of different versions of this onesie you can get that come with a cap, hoodie, or matching skirt and bow.

Pumpkin Skirt

Halloween Toddle Infant Baby Girl Clothes Ruffle Romper Top Suspender Pumpkin Bat Ghost Skirt Outfit Set with Headband (Black, 0-3 Months)

Okay, but how adorable is this pumpkin suspender set?

Baby Yoda

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This is a popular choice this year for the little ones. No oversized costume to try to get on your baby and it’s perfect if you want to do a Star Wars-themed family photo.

Jack Skellington

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The pumpkin king himself. This store offers a couple of different Halloween themed tutu sets, but this Nightmare Before Christmas one is definitely my favorite.


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I love these packs because they’re so cute and easy for dressing your baby up and are a good base for a family-themed costume idea.

Retro Horror Movies

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This onesie is perfect for all of the horror movie fans.

My Boo Crew
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Another simple onesie your baby can rock any day of the month.

Get Face Masks for the Big Kids

For the older kids, these face masks will be a perfect incorporation to any costume.

Crayola Halloween Set

Crayola Reusable Cloth Kids Face Mask Set, Halloween

This set comes with a ghost, witch, pumpkin, vampire, and mummy so you can easily make them work as a costume.

Convertible Masks

Cubcoats Kids Convertible 2-in-1 Face Mask and Wrist Band (Variety Pack)

These masks come in dinosaur, shark, unicorn, dog, fox, and cat options. They fold up to become a wristband when you’re not wearing them, which is perfect for keeping kids from losing them.

Superhero Masks

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Superheroes are always a popular costume choice with kids, so these masks are great for matching them.

Disposable Face Masks

Sposie Disposable Face Masks for Kids, Halloween Special Edition - 10 Pack, for Children (Boys and Girls) Ages 4-12, Soft and Breathable with Elastic Ear Loops

These disposable face masks will get your child into the Halloween spirit and it won’t be a huge loss if they happen to lose them.

Matching Bag/Mask Set

Halloween Spider Web Trick or Treat Bag and Matching Cloth Kids Face Mask Bundle - Cute, Scary, Washable & Reusable - Breathable Cotton Inner, Poly Outer - Trick or Treating Safety Fashion Mask

Kill two birds with one stone by getting this matching trick-or-treat bag and mask set.

Scary Face Mask

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Okay so they’re not that scary, but they will be a spooky addition to any costume.

Give Out Goody Bags

Handing out candy pieces at the door is off the table this year. These decorative bags will be perfect for your prepackaged treats and will keep them safe from any germs.

Colorful Halloween Bags

Joyjoz 72 Pcs Halloween Candy Bags, Halloween Trick or Treat Bags, Halloween Goodie Bags, Halloween Party Favors Party Supplies, Halloween Decorations Drawstring Bags(6 Designs)

This set comes with 72 bags that have drawstrings you can use to easily tie them.

Burlap Gift Bags

DECORA Burlap Gift Bags with Double Jute Drawstrings Candy Pouch Halloween Treat Bags with Different Designs Pack of 50

I just love how cute and simple these little bags are.

Paper Character Bags

CCINEE 36pcs Halloween Paper Treat Bags Cute Candy Bags with 48pcs Round Stickers for Halloween Party Snacks Gift Packing Supplies

These paper bags come with matching stickers so you can seal and keep them closed.

Clear Pumpkin Bags
Hestya 50 Counts 15 x 25 cm Flat Clear Cellophane Treat Bags Block Bottom Pumpkin Halloween Patterned Storage Bags Sweet Bags with 300 Pieces Twist Ties for Halloween Christmas Party Favor(Style D)
If you’re offering different types of candy bags, these clear ones will allow kids to see what they’re getting.

Happy Halloween Bags

CAKKA Halloween Candy Bags Bulk, 150PCS Halloween Treat Bags with 3 Rolls Riband - Plastic, 3 Patterns, Durable - Halloween Trick or Treat Bags for Holding Candy Biscuit Goody Snack

This colorful set comes with 150 bags so you won’t have to worry about running out and matching ribbon to tie them closed.

Check out our Pinterest for more COVID friendly Halloween ideas

Sara Holland
Sara is the Babypalooza Community Manager and Staff Writer.

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