Written By: Grace Manning

Though Halloween may look a little different this year, we’re actually all well prepared for it. Why? Because we’re mask experts now! Pair that face covering with your island-themed costume to tour downtown, enter the virtual Halloween costume contest or have some fun with these other socially-distant activities that will have the whole family looking on the fright side!

Halloween at Home

Think COVID-19 means no dressing up this year? Boo… where would be the fun in that?! Get creative with your get-ups and take part in The Inquirer and Mirror‘s Virtual Halloween Costume Contest. This twist on the annual costume parade offers great prizes for the winners of Best Adult or Group Costume, Best Kid’s Costume and Best Pet Costume – the scarier and more imaginative, the better! Simply upload a photo of your costume, add a title and a caption and you’re well on your way to having a spine-chillingly good Halloween. For more information, click here.


Find a Pumpkin, Pick It Up, All Night Long You’ll Have Good Luck!

Take a drive out to Bartlett’s Farm this weekend and get into the spirit in their pumpkin patch. If you haven’t carved pumpkins yet this season, carving could be a great alternative to trick or treating on Halloween night. Perfect timing too, because the farm recently got a new shipment of prime pumpkins just waiting to be re-homed to your front porch. Before you purchase one, stop by the Garden Center and try to guess the weight of your pumpkin. If you’re right, you walk away with it – free of charge. Now that’ll give you pumpkin to talk about! For more information, click here.


Trick or Treat for Yummy Eats

Kids still dying to trick or treat, but not sure how to stay safe and COVID-free? Corner Table is a great place to start. Kiddos will love their curated candy bags, full of classic treats for Hallo-Weekend. You can also head to the Pharmacy on Main Street for an array of tasty goodies. If you’re really feeling creative, buy one or two of a wide variety of candies, and make a mini Force Five candy room at home! Island kids will love the tribute to summer days, and feel special as they “shop” for their favorites. With all the smiles you’ll see on your kids’ faces, you’ll be witching it was Halloween every day!


Time to Get Crafty

The Artists Association of Nantucket has put together daily Halloween-themed DIY goodie bags to keep kids of all ages entertained for hours. Just stop by the Visual Arts Center and pick up a few of the pre-packaged bags, complete with instructions and all necessary supplies. Totally free, these crafts offer a different, spook-tacular project every day of the week leading up to Halloween. For more information, click here or here.


Just Remember… Safety First!

While enjoying all that Nantucket has to offer this Halloween, remember to keep COVID-19 social distancing protocols in mind. There are so many great alternatives to traditional trick-or-treating, including watching a classic Halloween film at home, baking ghoulishly good treats, creating an at-home haunted house, and more. Be sure to remind kids that this won’t happen every year, and this year is a special Halloween they’ll always remember. Follow these simple guidelines put in place by the Town and County of Nantucket and you’ll have a safe and happy Halloween!

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