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Halloween 2020: Tips, Tricks & Treats

Halloween will certainly be different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Trick-or-treaters will be fewer in number and those who do go door-to-door in search of sugary sweets will likely be donning face masks, even if their costumes don't call for them. In fact, those of us handing out the goodies will probably be masked as well. And, of course, many will decide to simply forgo all activities this year-choosing safety over spooky.

Well, thanks to technology, wireless connectivity and good old-fashioned creativity, there are lots of ways to make this Halloween festive and fun from the comfort of your home. Cricket, the wireless carrier focused on inspiring smiles, has compiled a few ideas to get you started.

Macabre Movie Night

Macabre Movie Night

There is no shortage of scary movies out there –from teen scream flicks to classic slasher films to those featuring psychotic clowns and possessed dolls. If scary cinema is your thing, consider HBO Max. In fact, Cricket customers can get a 30-day free trial of HBO Max.*

Need a family friendly fright? Catch Robert Zemeckis’s The Witches, premiering exclusively on HBO Max October 22. Just grab your favorite snack, a comfy blanket and, if needed, the hand of someone sitting next to you and enjoy a fun night of fright.

Ghoulish Games

Game nights are a common occurrence in many households, but have you thought of giving them a virtual twist? Since many are being mindful not to gather in large numbers, sites like It's Obvious and teambuilding.com are sharing several tips to help you pull off the ultimate virtual party. From a Halloween-themed “Guess Who?” to a spooky scavenger hunt, there’s plenty to keep every member in your family or friend group entertained and engaged.

Ghoulish Games

Haunted House Tours

For many, a walk (or run) through a haunted house is a Halloween ritual. Due to the pandemic, however, many of your favorite haunts may not be operating this year. There’s no need to scream…at least, not yet. House Beautiful has put together a list of the best virtual haunted houses to keep thrill seekers sufficiently spooked.

Another way to get your horror fix is to “visit” some of the iconic locations used in popular horror movies and TV series via the "Horror’s Hallowed Grounds" YouTube series.

Halloween Treats

The most popular of the trick or treat duo is hands down the treats. If your household won’t be partaking in the traditional t-or-t scene this holiday, there are still plenty of ways to satisfy your family’s sweet tooth while making (and baking) some special memories in the process. Delish has compiled more than 100-Halloween recipes, both sweet and savory, to delight your taste buds.

These are just a few ideas to help get your Halloween plans back on track. Whatever you decide to do, if anything at all, Cricket hopes you'll continue to keep safety top of mind-all year long.

*Ltd. time. Redeem promo code at hbomax.com. HBO Max auto-renews after 30 days at then prevailing rate (currently $14.99/mo.), unless you cancel through HBO Max.