Halloween is expected to look different across the country amid the coronavirus pandemic, with health officials advising against traditional trick-or-treating.
But some national chains – including Lowe’s and Krispy Kreme – plan to offer alternatives.
The home improvement retailer announced Monday it will have “drive-through curbside trick-or-treating” at Lowe’s stores nationwide Oct. 22 and 29 from 6 to 7 p.m. where families “can drive up to receive candy and a small pumpkin at no cost to take home.”
Start the day smarter. Get all the news you need in your inbox each morning.
Space is limited, but starting Saturday, Oct. 10, families can reserve a spot for the early Halloween events at Lowes.com/DIY, Lowe’s said in a news release, adding costumes are encouraged but not required.
McDonald’s celebrity menu collaboration: J Balvin Meal available for a limited time, following Travis Scott Meal
Halloween 2020: COVID-19 has scared off Halloween events in these 37 states
“We know that customers still want to celebrate Halloween, even if the holiday may look different for us this year,” Joe McFarland, Lowe’s executive vice president of stores, said in the release. “While the pandemic has changed many elements of everyday life, the tradition of trick-or-treating doesn’t have to be one of them.”
Video: Krispy Kreme Introduces “Not-So-Scary” Monster Doughnuts for Halloween (Southern Living)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is suggesting lower-risk activities such as Halloween-themed scavenger hunts at home or placing prefilled treat bags at the end of driveways for kids to pick up.
Among the riskiest Halloween activities when it comes to preventing the spread of COVID-19 are door-to-door trick-or-treating, trunk-or-treating – “where treats are handed out from trunks of cars lined up in large parking lots” – and indoor parties or haunted houses, the CDC says.
Krispy Kreme free Halloween donuts, plus ‘Sweet-or-Treat’ Saturday specials
Starting Oct. 10, and every Saturday through Halloween, Krispy Kreme will have “Sweet-or-Treat” Saturdays. With the purchase of any dozen doughnuts, get a $1 Sweet-or-Treat dozen.
The Sweet-or-Treat Original Glazed dozen “is individually wrapped and includes a not-so-scary special edition Jack-o’-Lantern Doughnut,” Krispy Kreme said in a news release.
On Halloween, wear a costume to a participating U.S. Krispy Kreme or drive-thru to get a free doughnut. Krispy Kreme also offered a Halloween freebie in 2019.
Coronavirus relief: IRS extends deadline to register for a stimulus check, giving millions more time to get Economic Impact Payments
Fruit recall: Watermelon, apples, other produce sold at Walmart stores in 9 states recalled for listeria risk
Contributing: Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY
Follow USA TODAY reporter Kelly Tyko on Twitter: @KellyTyko
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Halloween 2020: Lowe’s to have early curbside trick-or-treating while Krispy Kreme to have free donuts on holiday