6 Covid–friendly Events that Prove Halloween 2020 Isn’t Cancelled


Halloween may look a little different in 2020, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your spook on. From a virtual dance party to a Hocus Pocus reunion featuring some of the film’s original cast members, we’ve got six Covid–friendly ways to celebrate.

October 15, 2020
Halloween themed movie night with Hocus Pocus playing on a laptop
   Photo: Lucas Mendes
  1. Get spellbound with Hocus Pocus — Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy reunite as the Sanderson sisters for a one–hour online event on October 30th (8 p.m. EDT) featuring appearances from the cast of the 1993 film Hocus Pocus. Hosted by Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, the show costs $10 and viewers can expect spells, spooks and classic Sanderson sister humour.

Water painting pumpkins and squash
   Photo: Elena Mozhvilo
  1. Join a virtual painting party — Unleash your inner Edvard Munch (the artist who painted The Scream) during this expert–led Halloween painting party on October 31st (7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. EDT). Artists of any level are welcome – all you need are the recommended supplies, including a canvas, paintbrushes and paint.

Two skeletons on the lawn of a house decorated for Halloween
   Photo: neonbrand
  1. Don’t be afraid of the DARK — Fort Edmonton Park is taking DARK, its annual Halloween event, online with a series of events throughout the month of October, including weekly quiz nights on Mondays, hosted by “Jim Reaper” on Instagram Live. On Halloween night, join Raveyard, a free virtual dance party where DJ Thomas Culture will spin ghoulish tunes for costumed revelers.

A dimly lit basement library
   Photo: Engin Akyurt
  1. Gather the kids for a spooky story time — Vaughan Public Libraries’ Family Halloween Party provides free entertainment for kids ages five to 12 on Halloween day (2 p.m. EDT). Guests are invited to wear costumes and join via Zoom for scary stories and other spine–chilling activities.

A spooky house on a cloudy evening
   Photo: Ehud Neuhaus
  1. Solve a whodunit — Set at the fictitious town of Autumn Falls’ annual costume ball, Toil & Trouble is a family–friendly, non–murder mystery game designed for groups of six to ten people, ages 11 and up. The thriller is available as an instant download upon purchase and includes character bios, a suspect list and three rounds of the game.

Two Monster Dash participants dressed up as skeletons standing within an upright coffin
   Photo: Good Times Running Inc.
  1. Run for your life (and a good cause) — While the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto was Monster Dash’s home base for eight years, the running event is going virtual in 2020. Participants can choose to run a marathon, half–marathon, 10 km, 5 km or a Spooky Mile (for kids 12 and under) anywhere in Canada any time between October 1 and November 15. 100 percent of pledges and donations support charities, including Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab Hospital, and costumes are highly encouraged.