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Tips and Tricks for Celebrating Halloween Safely with Your Nextdoor Neighbors

Written by Shannon Toliver

While traditional Trick-or-Treating may be on hold this year, Halloween is still on in the neighborhood! Get some celebration inspiration with the following contact-free neighborhood festivities and don’t forget to add your home to Nextdoor’s Treat Map to share how you are getting in the spirit this Halloween season.

Haunted Decor

Looking to revamp your annual decorations? Swap with a neighbor by posting in your newsfeed, or check out Nextdoor’s For Sale & Free to score some second-hand deals. Don’t forget to let your neighbors know you’ll be setting up a haunted scene by marking your home on the Treat Map and posting a photo to the newsfeed so they can plan the ultimate Halloween night sight-seeing route.

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Pumpkin Projects

Time to get creative and show off your skills by carving, painting, or crafting jack-o-lanterns. Make it a neighborhood event by organizing a video call or distanced yard party complete with haunted snacks and the Monster Mash. Save the insides to cook up a delicious seasonal treat like pumpkin bread, toasted pumpkin seeds, or even a savory soup– don’t forget to post your favorite recipes with neighbors in a Nextdoor Holiday Cooking Group. Display your dressed-up pumpkins outside your front door and add your home to the Treat Map with the green pumpkin icon so neighbors can stop by and admire your creations.

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Costume Wave Parade

Head to your local Party City or trade costumes with a neighbor to put together an unforgettable Halloween-night ensemble for the family–pets included. Add the purple costume icon to the Treat Map, then pick a time for locals to open their front door and debut their looks with a front porch wave parade. For a bonus, coordinate a costume theme with neighbors, take some photos on your stoop, then cast a vote on Nextdoor to name a costume contest winner!

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Discover Virtual Visitors

There’s no need to wait until October 31st to explore Nextdoor’s new augmented reality feature. Head to your Nextdoor app and open the Treat Map to spot orange ghosts throughout your neighborhood. Then, head out for a neighborhood stroll to locate and bring to life the Halloween-themed “Virtual Visitors.” Tap “View 3D” and snap a photo of the costumed characters to share your discovery in the Nextdoor newsfeed and challenge your neighbors to find them all. Check back every Thursday this month to find new Virtual Visitors on the Treat Map.

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Kick off the season by sharing your plans to your neighborhood’s Treat Map at Nextdoor.com/halloween.

Note: Nextdoor is not an authority on health practices or a medical provider. Be sure to follow all local government guidelines and consult official sources like the CDC to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during holiday celebrations.


To connect with your neighborhood, please login at www.nextdoor.com

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  • A recent nationwide Nextdoor poll found that 73% of neighbors say they’re looking for an alternative to traditional Trick-or-Treating this year. While holiday celebrations may look a bit different, Halloween can still be a treat for the whole neighborhood with Nextdoor’s Treat Map. In compliance with the CDC’s guidelines to help protect communities from COVID-19, neighbors can add their home to the Treat Map to share which lower risk festivities they are participating in including haunted decor, pumpkin projects, or a costume wave parade. Neighbors can then explore the map to see how locals are celebrating and plan a festive Halloween night sight-seeing route.

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