This year trick-or-treating will be…a unique experience, to say the least. Is it dangerous to knock on doors, plastic pumpkin bucket in hand, and ask for candy? Without many of the CDC’s recommended social distancing measures in place, it’s certainly riskier than any year in recent memory. And for many parents, those risks far outweigh the rewards of trick-or-treating in Miami during a pandemic.
Yes, having to cancel your traditional trick-or-treat routine is a bummer (hey, we feel your pain). But think of it this way: Lots of porch lights will be off on Halloween night anyway, so why bother going out when you can have a fun, safe Halloween at home or from inside your car? Try these alternative Halloween activities on for (bite)size if you’re just saying “no, thank you” to trick-or-treating this year.
Plan a special trick-or-treat with friends and family without having to walk around the neighborhood.
Hop in your Honda CR-V Hybrid with a few bags of candy, then drive around the block and hand treats out to the costumed kids. You can honk. You can shout. You can honk and shout. You can even play some spooky ice-cream-truck music to announce your arrival.
Best of all, with the CR-V Hybrid, you won’t be wasting a ton of gas going from house to house. Honda’s first-ever hybrid SUV gets 40 mpg in the city* and uses an electric motor to keep you chugging along at low speeds. The hybrid CR-V also comes standard with Collision Mitigation Braking System, which automatically applies the brakes if a collision with another vehicle or Elsa and Olaf is imminent. Phew.
What in the heck is reverse trick-or-treating?
Instead of having your kids knock on doors and ring doorbells, your neighbors will do all the heavy lifting this Halloween. You and the family can dress up and sit on camping chairs in the front yard, and the neighbors bring the treats straight to you. There aren’t any hoops to jump through or patio steps to navigate—just lift your trick-or-treating bucket up and those trademarked candy bars will be yours. That’s Home-aween done right.
Neighborhood Candy Scavenger Hunt (“Haunt”)
Argh, mateys! Ye scallywags ready to hunt for buried treasure on All Hallows’ Eve?
Collaborate with your neighbors to create a fun Halloween scavenger haunt for the kids. Print out clues (like these) and a trick-or-treat treasure map of your neighborhood — Google maps is your friend — and mark it with “X”s. Then plant candies at those marked areas. (It’s best if someone replenishes the candy right away, so choose locations that can be watched by a participating neighbor.)
Geocaching on Halloween is a great socially distant trick-or-treat option, even without a pandemic ruining everything.
Whose pumpkin-carving skills are the best? Have the entire neighborhood enter into your Jack-o-Lantern Carving Contest, and you can be the judge.
Every participant will receive a number to place on their pumpkin. On Halloween night, participants will walk around the neighborhood, taking pictures and grading Jack-o-Lanterns entered in the competition. Those results can be emailed or given to the contest’s creator, and prizes will be given to the winners. (All participants get a goodie bag, too!)
Halloween Drive-In Movie
If you live on or near a cul-de-sac, you can set up a spooky, Halloween-themed drive-in movie for families in your area. You’ll need a projector, screen and sound system, of course, but every guest will appreciate your efforts in creating a makeshift movie night.
Guests can plant camping chairs (spaced out, of course) or simply park their vehicles in front of the screen. The Honda Fit makes for a perfect drive-in movie car. It offers an immense amount of passenger space and has a 2nd-row Magic Seat that can transform the cabin into four modes. For instance, in Utility Mode, the new Honda Fit’s entire back row folds flat, providing you and the kids with up to 52 cubic feet* of kick-back-and-relax room.
Need more tips on how to build your own Halloween drive-in movie theater? Start right here.
Pumpkin Patch Stomping Ground
Give trick-or-treaters something to smash by creating a “pumpkin patch” in the front yard. They can stomp to their heart’s content.
Fill orange balloons with candy and treats—lightweight candies, like Twizzlers and Smarties, work best—connect them with green string or twine, and tie one end off on a rock, brick or another heavy object. When kids come to trick-or-treat, they can pop the balloons and retrieve their reward.
About South Florida Honda Dealers
Our South Florida Honda Dealers wish you and your family a very safe Halloween and Dia de los Muertos. If you need a new vehicle in the Miami-Dade area this fall, visit your nearest Honda dealership for a treat. We have great Honda lease deals and other incentives available on the most popular models, including the CR-V, Passport, Pilot and Fit.
*CR-V Hybrid – 40 city/35 highway/38 combined mpg rating. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.
*Honda Fit- Based on SAE J1100 cargo volume measurement standard plus, where applicable, floor space between seating rows and seats in their forward-most and upright position.