Give these to your "boo."
Move over, Easter baskets. Spooky baskets full of Halloween goodies are the new game in town. And this year they're especially prevalent: Because the COVID-19 pandemic has changed, altered or canceled Halloween festivities in many towns, spooky baskets can ensure that kids still get plenty of treats (or tricks) on October 31. Parents can fill them with their family's favorite Halloween candy, Halloween socks, chocolate-covered strawberries, reusable water bottles and even makeup items or game gift cards. Add in some plastic spiders or pumpkin doo-dads, cover the whole thing in fake cobwebs, and you've got yourself a perfect way to kick off Halloween.
Of course, kids don't get all of the spooky basket fun. You can always make one for a friend or significant other, and add some decidedly grown-up things, like scary movies coffee or tea, a personalized hot-drink tumbler or a small bottle of a little something to spike a hot apple cider. (And there's no rule against making one for yourself. It counts as self-care.) Then, after the kids go to bed, you can crack them open and enjoy an adult Halloween treat (and you don't have to sneak candy from their baskets to do it).