Mom’s glow-in-the-dark ghost hunt is an exciting way to trick-or-treat amid COVID-19

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A California mom is sharing a unique hack for families looking for an alternative to trick-or-treating during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ashlee Nicholas, a fourth and fifth grade special education teacher and mother to 3-year-old Alexander, was thinking of ways her son and students could gather candy safely this year. She came across an Instagram post from a high school friend, which included a hunt for candy wrapped in ghosts made from tissue paper.

"I took one small part of it and made the [TikTok] video," Nicholas of the San Francisco Bay Area, told "Good Morning America." "I expanded it for the whole family."

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Nicholas made several ghost hunt tutorial videos. In the first, she shows TikTok-ers how to hide candy inside the handmade ghosts. She even makes adult beverage ghosts, ghosts with pet treats and glow-in-the-dark ghosts using glow sticks.

Alexander, who is undecided on a costume, will hunt for the glow-in-the-dark ghosts at his grandparents' house on Halloween night.

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Thousands watched Nicholas' ghost hunt tutorials, and offered even more tips for a safe Halloween 2020.

"It was almost like a little community," Nicholas said. "Everyone was sharing their ideas together and I loved it."

Nicholas said if you're hiding ghosts for kids with dietary restrictions like peanut allergies, plan on using different-colored tissue paper to craft your ghosts.

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