How to Celebrate Halloween with Residents During a Pandemic

As the summer heat winds down and schools return to some form of opening session, we will soon be greeted with those familiar sights and smells of fall. That means cooler breezes, changing leaves, and pumpkin spice in everything. Local stores and homeowners will begin to bring out their boxes of Halloween decorations (if they haven’t already) to get their places into character.

With COVID-19 still upon us, many activities held in the past may have to be put on hold for this year, but that doesn’t mean your property needs to be robbed of its Halloween fun. Here are a few ideas to get your residents in the Halloween spirit and bring them together despite the distance.

As the summer heat winds down and schools return to some form of opening session, we will soon be greeted with those familiar sights and smells of fall. That means cooler breezes, changing leaves, and pumpkin spice in everything. Local stores and homeowners will begin to bring out their boxes of Halloween decorations (if they haven’t already) to get their places into character.

With COVID-19 still upon us, many activities held in the past may have to be put on hold for this year, but that doesn’t mean your property needs to be robbed of its Halloween fun. Here are a few ideas to get your residents in the Halloween spirit and bring them together despite the distance.

Window/Door Decorating Contest

Ignite your residents’ creative side with a window or door decorating contest! Their wacky, whimsical or haunted displays will transform the building and be sure to put a smile on the faces of passersby. Have residents vote on each others’ designs and offer the incentive of extra entries if they post their spooky exhibitions on the property’s Facebook page.

door decorations - fall leaves
door decorations - fall leaves

Window/Door Decorating Contest

Ignite your residents’ creative side with a window or door decorating contest! Their wacky, whimsical or haunted displays will transform the building and be sure to put a smile on the faces of passersby. Have residents vote on each others’ designs and offer the incentive of extra entries if they post their spooky exhibitions on the property’s Facebook page.

Put Together a Community Cookbook

People have gotten so creative in their cooking and baking these days, sometimes coming up with creations that look too good to eat! Think witch’s hat layer cakes, spidery sugar cookies and pumpkin macarons. Ask residents to submit their favorite Halloween-related recipes and compile them into a community cookbook. Don’t forget to include pictures!

Pumpkin-Carving Zoom Tutorial

Not everyone is a natural carving aficionado. Organize a pumpkin-carving lesson that residents can join over Zoom, starting with the basics and giving tips on how to unleash their individuality. Feature photos of the finished products on your property’s website or Facebook page and ask residents to put the real Jack outside their doors for walk-by viewing.

Host a Netflix Watch Party

Put Together a Community Cookbook

People have gotten so creative in their cooking and baking these days, sometimes coming up with creations that look too good to eat! Think witch’s hat layer cakes, spidery sugar cookies and pumpkin macarons. Ask residents to submit their favorite Halloween-related recipes and compile them into a community cookbook. Don’t forget to include pictures!

Pumpkin-Carving Zoom Tutorial

Not everyone is a natural carving aficionado. Organize a pumpkin-carving lesson that residents can join over Zoom, starting with the basics and giving tips on how to unleash their individuality. Feature photos of the finished products on your property’s website or Facebook page and ask residents to put the real Jack outside their doors for walk-by viewing.

watching a movie on a tablet

Host a Netflix Watch Party

Set the mood with a good ole’ fashioned Halloween movie night. Netflix allows you to host a watch party, where participants can share in the experience of viewing the film and engage in an ongoing conversation on the site’s chat room. As long as each participant has a Netflix account and Google Chrome browser, you’re good to go. Just download the free extension on netflixparty.com, open your Netflix account and enjoy the show!

watching a movie on a tablet

Set the mood with a good ole’ fashioned Halloween movie night. Netflix allows you to host a watch party, where participants can share in the experience of viewing the film and engage in an ongoing conversation on the site’s chat room. As long as each participant has a Netflix account and Google Chrome browser, you’re good to go. Just download the free extension on netflixparty.com, open your Netflix account and enjoy the show!

Recreate Famous Works of Art: Halloween Edition

Museums across the country have been encouraging people to get creative with their household items in imitating famous works of art. How about a Halloween version? Challenge residents to recreate the spookiest work of art they can find and post a side-by-side comparison on your property’s Facebook page.

These are just a few ways you can bring Halloween fun to your premises. Keep an open dialogue with your renters and get their feedback about the goings-on in their building. Send out a periodic poll asking them for ideas for future events! Managing a property often includes so much more than just meeting your residents’ basic needs, and renters will learn to love where they live when you go the extra mile to that show you care.

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Recreate Famous Works of Art: Halloween Edition

Museums across the country have been encouraging people to get creative with their household items in imitating famous works of art. How about a Halloween version? Challenge residents to recreate the spookiest work of art they can find and post a side-by-side comparison on your property’s Facebook page.

These are just a few ways you can bring Halloween fun to your premises. Keep an open dialogue with your renters and get their feedback about the goings-on in their building. Send out a periodic poll asking them for ideas for future events! Managing a property often includes so much more than just meeting your residents’ basic needs, and renters will learn to love where they live when you go the extra mile to that show you care.

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