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Viruses and Vampires

Madi Keezer

Posted on October 13, 2020 01:50

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Some Halloween costumes also double as masks.

It's fall! With the change in temperature comes pumpkins, apple picking, and the big one: Halloween. Skeletons and witches and zombies, oh my! Although it's easy to get distracted among all the pumpkin spice, parents shouldn't forget that we are still in a global pandemic. Summer has clocked out, but COVID-19 hasn't. The world definitely looks different this fall, but as long as we stay six feet apart and refrain from bobbing for apples, Halloween 2020 is a go. Here are some COVID-safe Halloween costumes to keep you and your kids safe this spooky season.

Firstly, and perhaps most obvious, is a surgeon. Pick up some scrubs and pull out that disposable mask (You've likely got a few lying around). Perfect for preteen fans of "Grey's Anatomy" or any child with dreams of becoming a doctor, this costume is easy and safe. Sticking with the pop culture theme, older children who are fans of The Purge franchise would love an iconic LED light mask, as seen in the movie. Similarly, fans of Money Heist on Netflix can don the masks that so often appear in the show, complete with the red jumpsuit. 

If you have younger kids, a ninja is a big pleaser. The mask will ensure they can carry out their ninja duties in secrecy, while also keeping them COVID-safe. If your child has her heart set on being a princess this year: don't fret. She'll still have the ballgown and the tiara. This year, however, it'll be a masquerade ball. Make sure that the masquerade mask covers the whole face and is not made of a thin material, like lace. A simpler costume can be a cat or a dog. But, instead of painting whiskers or a dog nose on your child's face, buy a printed mask. This would work with a variety of animals. 

Of course, one can always just wear a mask or helmet as his/her costume, as long as they remember not to take it off for some air. There will surely be lots of Stormtroopers and Freddy Krugers. We may even see a few morph suits, providing the fabric is thick enough to be used as a mask. Any of the classic, full-face rubber masks would work just fine. There are many witches, zombies, skeletons, clowns, characters and animals that come in full-face masks that are sure to keep your child happy and healthy.

One last easy (and fitting) costume is a 17th-century plague doctor. It's spooky, COVID-safe, and has obvious relevance in today's world. If you don't like any of these options and can't find a way to cleverly incorporate a mask into your costume, please don't forget to wear one anyway, even if it contrasts with your costume. Remember, among all the witches, zombies and other scary costumes I've mentioned, the spookiest thing of all is a positive COVID test. Stay safe and happy fall!

Madi Keezer

Posted on October 13, 2020 01:50

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