I know that some people may be hesitant to do the normal Halloween activities during the pandemic this year. I’ve put together some fun ways to celebrate Halloween at home. These ideas are great to keep the whole family safe and festive.
It is definitely going to look different on Halloween this year. You can expect to see trick-or-treaters wearing masks, more trunk or treat or drive by parades instead of the regular door to door trick or treating.
I wanted to give you a few ideas on ways to celebrate Halloween at home. I know that a lot of people are immuno-compromised and can’t do normal Halloween parties or trick or treating but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it special and enjoy the Halloween festivities.
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Fun Ways to Celebrate Halloween at Home
Cozy Night In
There are so many Halloween products on the market this year to really make a movie night super cozy and festive. Pick out your favorite Halloween movies (Hocus Pocus is my fave!) and throw on some fun Halloween family pajamas with some popcorn or a homemade Halloween snack.
These costume onesies are also great for adults and kids to wear around the house on Halloween night. Don’t forget to set the ambiance with some Halloween candles. I love scents like apple cider and pumpkin.
Zoom Halloween Party
We should all be experts on using Zoom between meetings for work or throwing baby or bridal showers. Throw a virtual Halloween party with friends and family if you can’t be together in person.
Have the kids show off their costumes, have a pumpkin carving contest, and everyone can tell a spooky story.
Make New Halloween Recipes
Have fun in the kitchen making spooky Halloween recipes. Pinterest is full of ideas for appetizers, dinners, desserts, and even fun cocktails.
Don’t forget your furry family members. We make this Halloween dog treat recipe every year for our dog, Obi.
Decorate the House
I love making our home all festive for Halloween to really get in the spirit. These DIY dollar store Halloween decor ideas are affordable without looking cheap.
A lot of people reuse their Christmas trees and make them Halloween trees. This is a fun way to let the kids help decorate.
Have a family Halloween craft night. I like getting those little craft kits you can find at The Dollar Tree. They usually have a little figure the kids can paint or a mask that they can make (and they are only $1). Amazon also has some cute Halloween craft kits for kids.
At Home Halloween Activities for Kids
DIY Halloween Games
There are so many fun little games you can make to keep the kids busy on Halloween night. You can even make a new game for every day of Halloween week!
Take a look at these 20 Halloween Games for Kids to get some inspiration.
My daughter loves getting her face painted! Whenever we are at a fair she begs to have it done. Stock up on a face painting kit and let them have a face painting party. They will love being able to decorate Mom and Dad’s faces, too!
Glow in the Dark Egg “Pumpkin” Hunt
This is a really fun idea to get the kids outside even if you don’t want them going door to door. Get some Halloween plastic eggs or just use the ones you have from Easter. You can fill them with a piece of candy and a little tea light or glow stick so they can be seen in the dark.
Hide them around the back yard or even all over the house (just turn off the lights) and you have a fun activity that they will love.
Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Make a Halloween scavenger hunt where they can find clues to hidden candy or a big surprise of Halloween goodies at the end.
Pinterest is a great place to find free scavenger hunt printables to help you set up one in your own home. You can make your own clues or use ones you find online.
You can also hide those little plastic spider rings around the house and see who can find the most for a prize at the end.
Dance Party and Scary Stories
If the kids are all hopped up on sugar, throw on a Halloween playlist and have a dance party. You can’t go wrong with “Thriller” and “Monster Mash”.
Once everyone is a little worn out, cuddle on the couch and turn out the lights. Get under a cozy Halloween blanket with a flash light and have fun telling spooky stories. It is usually hilarious when the kids start making up their own.
Pick one or a few of these ideas to celebrate Halloween at home this year to make it special even if you can’t celebrate like you normally would. Who knows, they may even become new family traditions!
Lisa Sparger says
We are planning on staying home this year, but I was going to get pizza and candy, and then watch something scary. You are my bestie now, because I wanted to do so much more for them. Now with your ideas I have a game plan. Thank you so much.
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