With social distancing rules and other cautionary practices in place, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the way we navigate day-to-day life. As we approach the holiday season, a time traditionally known for large gatherings with family and friends, you may be at a standstill for what to do. Are the holidays canceled this year? Absolutely not – we just have to get creative.
This year’s Halloween will be different than most. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advise us to avoid traditional trick-or-treating and crowded costume parties. Here is a list of fun and safe alternatives to keep the spooky spirit alive.
“Ghost” friends and neighbors
Leave a bag of goodies on a friend or neighbor’s doorstep with a note inside to pass it on (create a new bag and “ghost” someone else). Hopefully this will get everyone into the Halloween spirit. A guide on how to “ghost” can be found on Care.com.
Play a Halloween game
Create your own Halloween themed trivia, bingo, or charades for all-night laughter and fun. Or, get active with a mummy sack race – instead of a sack, wrap everyones legs with white crepe paper. The goal is to pass the finish line first without ripping the paper. Head to Delia Creates for a tutorial on the mummy sack race and other Halloween games for kids.
Make a spooky treat or cocktail
Put a spooky spin on classic sweets. Think: witch cupcakes, black cat cookies, and choco-pumpkin ice cream sandwiches. 60 delicious recipes are highlighted in this Good Housekeeping article. For adults over 21, make a poison apple cocktail, bloody mary syringes, or any of the boozy drinks in this article by Delish.
Watch a Halloween movie
Cozy up on the couch with candy corn and your homemade treats and watch a Halloween movie. If the kids are watching, turn on Halloweentown or Casper. On the other hand, horror flicks, like The Silence of the Lambs or Paranormal Activity, are sure to evoke fear. For a more in depth list of Halloween movies to watch, check out this article by Town & Country.
Decorate the home
Head to your local craft, home decor, or Halloween store to find haunted-house worthy decorations. Use fake cobwebs, skeletons, and fog machines to make your home the scariest on the block. Get more decoration tips from the Strategist blog.
Host a virtual costume party
We all probably know how Zoom works by now, so send an invite to friends and family for a virtual costume party. Turn on this spooky playlist for a virtual dance party or host a costume contest. If you need any party ideas, read this article by The Bash.
Have a scavenger hunt
Hide candy, pumpkins, or other Halloween themed items around the house or backyard for the kids to find. Have them dress in costume and use their trick-or-treat bags to collect their goodies. Hands On As We Grow has a great post about Halloween scavenger hunts here.
Go backyard camping
If the weather isn’t too cold near you, Cafe Mom suggests setting up a tent in the backyard for an at-home camping session. This activity is perfect if you have a fire pit – make s’mores and tell ghost stories all night long.
Have a candy taste test
Beware: a sugar high may follow after eating copious amounts of candy. But it’s totally worth it. Rate them on the best flavor or have a blind tasting to see how well you know your candy. Here is the Thrillist’s list of the best Halloween candies of all time.
Article by Megan Kong, REX Homes