It’s time to pull out the glow-in-the-dark skeletons, bust out the pumpkins, and start playing “Monster Mash.” It’s officially spooky season, which means Halloween is right around the corner. And while a lot of us are spooked by COVID-19 this Halloween, it really is a time when people can come together and celebrate getting into the ghoulish spirit – so long as everyone does it safely and responsibly.

Surprisingly, there is actually a lot of Halloween candy up for grabs this year. According to data from market research firm IRI and the National Confectioners Association U.S., sales of Halloween candy were up 13% over last year in the month ending September 6th.

Trick-or-Treating in Apartment Buildings

If you are new to living in an apartment, you might wonder: Do trick or treaters come to apartments? The answer is a resounding “Yes.” In fact, trick-or-treating in apartment buildings is a great option for all those little ghosts and goblins (and their parents!).

  • It’s compact. Your mini-Spiderman may have spidey senses, but he won’t need those if he’s trick-or-treating in an apartment building and not navigating his way through poorly lit streets.
  • It’s indoors. While it might be fun to dress up as a character from “Frozen,” it’s actually not fun to be freezing in unseasonably cold or wet weather. Or, to have to cover your costume with a bulky coat.
  • It’s communal. Chances are you know some of the other families in your apartment community, and everyone is in the same spooky spirit. Plus, if you are a kid, you can hit up multiple doors in a very short distance, filling up your candy bag and heading home early.

A good first step is to check with your property management team to see if they have organized any apartment Halloween plans or have thoughts on how to trick-or-treat on the community. Some properties are allowing trick or treaters to go door-to-door in designated shifts. Others are marking a one-way path designated with arrows through the community to guide trick or treaters while maintaining social distancing.


Trick-or-Treating Alternatives for Apartment Halloween

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising against traditional neighborhood trick-or-treating and indoor activities such as parties and haunted houses. However, they do offer some ideas and suggestions that are perfect for anyone who wants to “creep it real.”


Decorate: With stay-at-home orders still in place in many areas, now is a great time to really get into the holiday spirit. Decorate your apartment door and halls with spooky cobwebs and spiders for a creepy feel. Carve jack-o-lanterns with your family or roommate, or bring the pumpkins outside with neighbors and friends who are socially distancing and wearing masks. (Read more of our Halloween decorating tips and ideas.)

Take it outside: Hold an outdoor costume parade around the apartment community grounds where kids (and adults) can “ooh and ahh” at a safe distance. Or organize a scavenger hunt. Similar to an Easter egg hunt, except Halloween themed, hide treats in tiny plastic pumpkins around the apartment community and let trick or treaters go searching for them.

One-way trick-or-treating: Designate a one-way path and leave individually wrapped candy and treats, along with hand sanitizer, on a table outside your door for trick or treaters to stop by and pick up. Reach out to your neighbors—either via a note on their doors or by posting on your online community portal—to see if they’ll participate as well.

Go virtual: Host a virtual Halloween party over Zoom or a scary movie watch party on Netflix Party. If you really want to get in the spirit, wear a spooky costume or cook up some creepy treats like these Halloween eyeballs. (Read more creative ways to socialize virtually).


A few additional tips:

  • Make sure all candy is individually wrapped so it’s easy to wipe down the wrappers without ruining the contents.
  • If you wear a costume, make sure it includes a cloth face mask instead of a plastic costume mask, which doesn’t provide the same protection. Better yet: dress up as a first responder, the true pandemic superheroes.
  • Have plenty of hand sanitizer on hand, and be sure to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 second before and after sorting through Halloween candy.
  • Maintain social distancing of six feet from other people, even if outdoors. At events where screaming might occur, you should be even further apart.
  • If you don’t want to participate, turn off your lights and put out a sign so trick or treaters know to keep on strolling.


Get in the Halloween spirit with Southern Management

Halloween is going to look and feel different this year. We hope we’ve given you some good ideas for trick-or-treating in apartment buildings. While maintaining personal and public health is everyone’s number one priority, it’s also important to have fun! If everyone practices social distancing, wears a mask and uses proper sanitization, Halloween can be a manageable and spook-tacular event.

Additionally, if your lease is up soon and you’re thinking of moving, we invite you to tour one of our 75 boo-tiful apartment communities virtually! Or contact our team for a phone consultation or to learn more about our online application process.