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A Taste of Halloween 2020: All Treats, no Tricks

Jordan Magaziner Steinfeld
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Rutherford family

Three vampires and two kitties made for a spooktacular encounter. Pictured are Avery, 8, Nicholas, 6, Elle, 2, and parents Lauren and Chris Rutherford. 

Creating a fun and Covid-safe way to celebrate Halloween 2020 was tricky. But Buzz-area families brewed up some spooktacularly creative ways to bring treats to kids – and kids at heart – in the neighborhood while remaining socially distanced.

Candy chutes – a contactless (and fun) way to deliver candy to kids – were a huge hit, such as artist Ashley Hope’s basilisk creation. Trunk-or-treat gatherings or drive-through events, such as this one hosted by Bellaire Parks and Recreation, were popular this year. Scavenger hunts, like this "buzzy" one, were trending. And, as always, Halloween decoration and costumes were impressive.  

Scroll through our slideshow for a taste of this year’s Halloween fun. Want to share your photos, too? Email [email protected]

  • Piney Point Halloween

    Jamie and Frank Daily provided their Piney Point driveway and front yard for the Corn Maze bouncy house and zombie pinata for neighborhood kids. Kathy Tipton made the grand balloon backdrop. Pictured are (back row, from left) Evan and Kai Sondersted, Faye Harrington, Violet Huynh; (middle) Ellie Daily; (front row) Lila Harrington, Claire Cooper, Rex Daily. 

  • Ayub family

    Emily (Princess Peach) and Nader (Bowser) Ayub having fun with their favorite Mario Brothers: Dean, age 4, and Sam, 17 months. 

  • McKinnie family

    Caren, Mac, Jack and Will McKinnie went all out decorating their house on Valerie and suited up in Hazmat gear to pass out candy. Kids went nuts when the chute gave full-sized candy bars. Joining in on the fun were their non-radioactive dogs Holly and Brie.

  • Meghan Lutschg, Ford Lutschg, Mark Ward, Alex Ward

    Safe and fun Halloween Trunk or Treat for everyone at Bellaire United Methodist Church hosted a fun and safe Halloween Trunk-or-Treat event. Volunteers handed out treats using grabbers and families enjoyed pumpkin decorating and other festive arts and crafts. Pictured are Meghan Lutschg, Ford Lutschg, Mark Ward and Alex Ward. 

  • Eva Johnson, John Luke Munz, Isabella Munz, Sienna Munz,

    The Glenmont crew, including Eva Johnson and John Luke, Isabella and Sienna Munz, enjoyed beautiful weather and fun vibes on Halloween.

  • Hunters Creek

    Neighborhood kids in Hunters Creek went trick or treating at 4:30 to get a head start before the ghosts came out at night. Pictured are (from left) Eva Luna Medina, Mady Hortenstine, Wyatt Hortenstine,  J.B. Nelson, J.P. Medina, Mason Bollis and (in front) Ada Hortenstine.

  • Joni Zavitsanos, John Zavitsanos,

    Joni and john Zavitsanos welcoming costumed guests to their Halloween party.  

  • Meg Guldner, Bob Guldner,

    Meg and Bob Guldner missed Halloween in Houston as they lived overseas for five years and were excited to participate this year. They sat on chairs in their Hunters Creek front yard to greet trick-or-treaters.  

  • Scavenger hunt

    Cousins Sienna Munz, Isabella Munz, David Geiger, John Luke Munz, Hannah Geiger gather in Bellaire before setting out to see how many items they could find on The Buzz Scavenger Hunt challenge. They found just about every item on the list. 

  • Skeletons

    Socially-distanced skeletons graced Amber Mostyn's front yard in River Oaks.

  • Muniz home

    The Muniz family created a spooktacular setting in their Bellaire front yard. 

  • Candy chute

    Chloe and Amelia Schueppert built a candy delivery chute out of PCV pipe and wore kitten face masks to match their costumes for a fun socially distanced Halloween.

  • Christos Angelides, Michelle Angelides,

    Christos - dressed as a character from the show Money Heist - and his skeletal wife Michelle Angelides are a frightful look in Hunter's Creek at the Zavitsanos' party. 

  • Mondshine brothers

    Brothers Jackson and Leo Mondshine had a fun night of trick-or-treating. Their dog Dexter was a little disappointed because he thought treats meant dog treats!

  • Caroline School

    Easter Seals Greater Houston students enjoyed a festive Halloween at The Caroline School with games, spooky stories and a costume contest.

  • Piney Point Halloween
  • Ayub family
  • McKinnie family
  • Meghan Lutschg, Ford Lutschg, Mark Ward, Alex Ward
  • Eva Johnson, John Luke Munz, Isabella Munz, Sienna Munz,
  • Hunters Creek
  • Joni Zavitsanos, John Zavitsanos,
  • Meg Guldner, Bob Guldner,
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Skeletons
  • Muniz home
  • Candy chute
  • Christos Angelides, Michelle Angelides,
  • Mondshine brothers
  • Caroline School

Piney Point Halloween

Jamie and Frank Daily provided their Piney Point driveway and front yard for the Corn Maze bouncy house and zombie pinata for neighborhood kids. Kathy Tipton made the grand balloon backdrop. Pictured are (back row, from left) Evan and Kai Sondersted, Faye Harrington, Violet Huynh; (middle) Ellie Daily; (front row) Lila Harrington, Claire Cooper, Rex Daily. 

Ayub family

Emily (Princess Peach) and Nader (Bowser) Ayub having fun with their favorite Mario Brothers: Dean, age 4, and Sam, 17 months. 

McKinnie family

Caren, Mac, Jack and Will McKinnie went all out decorating their house on Valerie and suited up in Hazmat gear to pass out candy. Kids went nuts when the chute gave full-sized candy bars. Joining in on the fun were their non-radioactive dogs Holly and Brie.

Meghan Lutschg, Ford Lutschg, Mark Ward, Alex Ward

Safe and fun Halloween Trunk or Treat for everyone at Bellaire United Methodist Church hosted a fun and safe Halloween Trunk-or-Treat event. Volunteers handed out treats using grabbers and families enjoyed pumpkin decorating and other festive arts and crafts. Pictured are Meghan Lutschg, Ford Lutschg, Mark Ward and Alex Ward. 

Eva Johnson, John Luke Munz, Isabella Munz, Sienna Munz,

The Glenmont crew, including Eva Johnson and John Luke, Isabella and Sienna Munz, enjoyed beautiful weather and fun vibes on Halloween.

Hunters Creek

Neighborhood kids in Hunters Creek went trick or treating at 4:30 to get a head start before the ghosts came out at night. Pictured are (from left) Eva Luna Medina, Mady Hortenstine, Wyatt Hortenstine,  J.B. Nelson, J.P. Medina, Mason Bollis and (in front) Ada Hortenstine.

Joni Zavitsanos, John Zavitsanos,

Joni and john Zavitsanos welcoming costumed guests to their Halloween party.  

Meg Guldner, Bob Guldner,

Meg and Bob Guldner missed Halloween in Houston as they lived overseas for five years and were excited to participate this year. They sat on chairs in their Hunters Creek front yard to greet trick-or-treaters.  

Scavenger hunt

Cousins Sienna Munz, Isabella Munz, David Geiger, John Luke Munz, Hannah Geiger gather in Bellaire before setting out to see how many items they could find on The Buzz Scavenger Hunt challenge. They found just about every item on the list. 

Skeletons

Socially-distanced skeletons graced Amber Mostyn's front yard in River Oaks.

Muniz home

The Muniz family created a spooktacular setting in their Bellaire front yard. 

Candy chute

Chloe and Amelia Schueppert built a candy delivery chute out of PCV pipe and wore kitten face masks to match their costumes for a fun socially distanced Halloween.

Christos Angelides, Michelle Angelides,

Christos - dressed as a character from the show Money Heist - and his skeletal wife Michelle Angelides are a frightful look in Hunter's Creek at the Zavitsanos' party. 

Mondshine brothers

Brothers Jackson and Leo Mondshine had a fun night of trick-or-treating. Their dog Dexter was a little disappointed because he thought treats meant dog treats!

Caroline School

Easter Seals Greater Houston students enjoyed a festive Halloween at The Caroline School with games, spooky stories and a costume contest.

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