With Halloween on the horizon, families are thinking outside of the box to make sure the holiday is memorable and safe for kids.
"I can only imagine as a kid what it would be like during this time period," Cort Sothard said.
At Sothard's house, there's now marks on the ground where people can stand to social distance. He's also using pre-packaged candy, instead of a candy bowl. He said this lets kids have a sense of normalcy for Halloween, while still staying safe.
"We're still trying to do the best we can to make it as normal as we can in the worst times possible," Sothard said.
Dr. Dale Bratzler, the chief COVID-19 officer for the University of Oklahoma, said this Halloween indoor events are strongly discouraged, and it's best avoid large groups. For trick-or-treating, he recommends using hand sanitizer often and wearing a mask.
"The interaction that you have at the door of a person you are doing trick or treating with is usually relatively short, and so the risk is pretty minimal," Bratzler said.
In Collinsville, Brandi McManus and her neighbors have been only spending time with each other during the pandemic. For Halloween they decided to have a neighborhood party for their families only. They will have bobbing for apples, a hayride and an outdoor movie. She said this is a chance for their kids to still have a Halloween celebration.
"We're just trying to make the kids not realize what's going on in the world,” McManus said. “Trying to make it a happy place."