5 Reasons Halloween 2020 Still Rocks (+ the October Playlist)

Women in large masks, Venice Beach

After over six months of wearing masks, we're finally to the part of the year when we traditionally...dress up and wear masks. (Groan.) But still, Halloween is great, even in the time of a worldwide pandemic. I know, we all have worries and the virus is unfortunately surging (again) in much of the US. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun this Hallow-season. I’ve listed five reasons this year’s Halloween is still the best and at the end, I’ve included a playlist of monster-tastic tunes to listen to while turning orange gourds into scary lanterns.

1. Dress Up for the ‘Gram

Dog in unicorn costume/ Photo: Mark Glancy via Pexels

Many of us non-children dress up to attend costume parties, which, if you’re being responsible, are not an option this year. But that doesn’t mean you (or your pet) shouldn’t dress up. TBH, for many of us, we want to be able to share our costumes with our friends and fam on social media. So do it for the likes (and to keep the rest of us entertained.) Put on your witch hat, or dress up your dog as a hotdog or a lion and take copious pics for sharing on social media. The best part about not actually going places dressed up, is that you don’t have to drive in a car dressed as a bunch of grapes or try to drink a glass of wine while wearing a mask – you can just take your pics, post and let the love roll in. (And then enjoy your wine in your pajamas, like god intended.

2. Better Trick-or-treating

Halloween Tube Idea + Photo credit: Andrew BeattieInitially officials were poo-pooing the idea of people taking their kids trick-or-treating, but people have started getting creative. On the news, I saw people showing off DIY devices for depositing candy in kids’ bags while maintaining distance. One person (Andrew Beattie in Ohio) had just attached a long tube to the railing leading up to their house. The resident would just drop candy down the tube for kids on the other end. If that was around when I was young, novelty of getting candy through a tube would have sent me straight to heaven (or since this is Halloween, h-e-double-hockey-sticks.) So proceed with caution, but if you (and your neighbors) are creative, trick-or-treating could be even better than usual. 

3. Masks!

Child in mask/ Photo: Lucas Pezeta via Pexels

We’ve been wearing masks most of the year, so it doesn’t probably sound that especially appealing, but really, what better year than 2020 that to go for a costume involving some face-obliterating mask? In a "normal" year, masks for costumes are considered either lazy or kind of impractical – I mean, it’s hard to sip a beer while wearing one. B.U.T., in this year of this fustercluck of a pandemic, a mask is ideal. Put on your usual fabric or surgical mask and then just slip your rubber chickenhead mask right on top. Ta-da! You’re ready to trawl the neighborhood for candy with Aiden, Braden and Jaden and look scary while doing it!




4. Apple Orchards and Pumpkin Patches

Pumpkins on bales of hay/ Photo credit: Gabby K via PexelsSince outdoors > indoors right now, going to the usual fall pumpkin patches and apple orchards is probably okay. As long as everyone is masked up and the chosen locales are not too crowded, you can still enjoy the fall weather and pick out the perfect autumn produce to bring home for Decorative Gourd Season.

5. Halloween at Home!

Jackolantern/ Photo: Pixabay via Pexels

I saved the best for last: you can still do all the best Halloweenerie activities at home. Carve pumpkins, eat candy and watch scary movies! All these activities can still safely be done at home (depending on your skill with a knife, that is.) Other than dressing up, carving pumpkins and watching horror movies is my favorite part of the season. Scare yourself silly while eating popcorn studded with Reese’s Pieces. Is there anything better? (Nope.)

Finally, as promised, I present to you the October playlist! Full of appropriately creepy songs for Halloween, like "Pet Semetary" by The Ramones, "Psycho Killer" by The Talking Heads, a couple excellent Leonard Cohen jams and a whole lot more goodness to get you feeling the scary season. 🧛‍♂️ 




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