Halloween might look different this year, but don’t worry; the Torch team has got you covered with our recommendations of how to celebrate the spooky season. Here
are some of our favorite COVID-friendly Halloween festivities. Try them yourself and let us know if these choices are a fire way to celebrate the season — 2020 style.
Hosting a spooky movie night with friends: Amanda Landwehr
If the 2020 Presidential Debates weren’t enough to scare you, hop on Netflix and invite some friends over for a horror movie binge. It’s a fun, COVID-friendly way to celebrate Halloween, and you don’t even have to change out of your work-from-home uniform of pajamas. Bake some wickedly tasty Pilsbury pumpkin cookies, choose a spooky flick like “IT” or “Insidious,” and settle in for a cozy night. The bonus? It’s free!
Exploring “haunted” places: Jules Banks
Staying socially distanced might mean no big get-togethers this Halloween, but if you’re looking to get out of the house, consider a fun trip to any of Chicago’s (allegedly) haunted locations and give yourself a fun fright. Many ghostly venues are open to the public, such as the Congress Hotel, Graceland Cemetery or the Hull House. I can’t recommend the ones that aren’t open to the public, but if you can get in….
Getting into costume, even if you’re by yourself: Aidan McGinty
Just because costume parties are out of the cards this year, doesn’t mean that you can’t get dressed up! Gather a group of friends who are willing to have a Zoom costume exhibition. Go all out — there’s no need to worry about your makeup lasting throughout the night, or how comfortable your outfit will be to dance in. Even if the only person seeing your costume is you, it’s always fun to dress up and get in the Halloween spirit.
Grab your favorite warm drink and decorate: Karina Aguilar
Nothing screams “fall” like a warm, cozy drink! Run to a local coffee shop and pick up your favorite fall beverage. I strongly recommend anything with cinnamon, like chai tea, pumpkin spice or Apple cider. Once you have your favorite drink in hand, place your spooky decorations up around the house. There’s no better way to kick off Halloween than to cover your house in pumpkins, ghosts, witches and all things fall!
Fright Night: Santino Torres
Stoke the fires. Have the s’mores ready. Print out some spooky stories. Get your family and friends together, gather around the fire and have a flashlight handy as you prepare for a night of ghoulish stories with the full moon in sight. Have blankets handy as you prepare for the shivers and chills crawling down your spine with each story, and enjoy a festive fall night.
Visit a Pumpkin Patch: Aero Cavalier
Outdoor activities are a great way to beat the quarantine blues! Visit a pumpkin patch with members of your household or others who are COVID-free. Make sure to bring a mask and enjoy the crisp fall weather. Pick out your favorite pumpkins and gourds, give them spooky designs and roast the seeds. A lot of pumpkin patches are run by independent farmers, so this is also a great chance to support your local essential workers. If you live in Northern Illinois, I recommend Stade’s Farm & Market in McHenry for a festive farm.
Spooky Disney Movie Marathon: Andrea Lee
There’s no better way to get into the fun spooky spirit then to dive back into fun Halloween classics you grew up watching, or maybe even discovering something new. On Disney Plus, the streaming service is currently offering a multitude of fun Halloween classics like “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Hocus Pocus” and my personal favorite, “The Haunted Mansion.” For those practicing social distancing, Disney Plus offers a virtual watch party option so you can watch with your friends.