This is a crazy year, right? With all the changes we’ve had to make this year you might be wondering how to celebrate Halloween at home.
Is your town doing trick-or-treating this year? Our town is but we are opting out of it this year and doing stuff at home instead.
Even if you are choosing to go trick-or-treating this year, you can still use some of these ideas. Maybe you’ll use these to start a new Halloween tradition with your family!
FaceTime Or Zoom With Family Or Friends
As much as I’d rather have a face to face gathering, it’s great that we have the technology to “see” people during this time.
Sometimes I think about what life would have been like if we had a pandemic during my childhood. It definitely would have been more challenging to stay connected without all the new technology!
But luckily for us, we get to use this wonderful technology to stay connected with our loved ones.
Here are a few ideas to help you celebrate Halloween using FaceTime or Zoom:
- Spooky story time over zoom
- Create a Halloween background to use during the meeting
- Costume party
- Pumpkin carving/decorating contest
- Painting contest
- Dance party
- Spooky dance lessons
- Movie watch party
- Do Halloween crafts together
Things To Do At Home During Halloween- Quarantine Edition
If your town isn’t having trick-or-treating or if you don’t feel comfortable going here are a few things that you can do at home instead:
Decorate Your Home
You could go all out and put up lots of decorations. My kids love having the house decorated with whatever holiday it is.
Halloween Themed Meals
Do you ever do fun themed meals? Decorating food can be a great way to get in the Halloween spirit.
A few ideas for you:
Breakfast- Donut Spiders. Check out how to easily do this in this post from Mom Loves Baking.
Lunch- Mummies in a blanket. Make pigs in a blanket but instead of wrapping the dough around like you normally would, you’re going to first cut the dough into strips and then wrap them around the hot dog so it looks like bandages. You can add some edible candy eyeballs after baking for some extra fun!
Glow In The Dark Egg Hunt
Get out your Easter eggs and fill them with candy and glow sticks. Then hid them like you would for an Easter egg hunt. It’s a fun way to celebrate Halloween and still get candy!
Set Up A Halloween Trick-Or-Treating In Your Yard
You could pick a theme and decorate your yard in that theme and then go trick-or-treating in your yard.
A few theme ideas are:
- Candy Graveyard
- Monster Mash
- Willy Wonka
- Haunted House
- Mad Scientist
- Spooky Skeleton
- Black Cat
Of course, you could also do an indoor trick-or-treating and have the kids dress up and look for candy throughout the house.
Drive By Trick-Or-Treating
Reverse trick-or-treating is another fun idea. Friends, family, and neighbors can throw candy at kids who are dressed up. Sort of like a parade.
Spooky Sheet Fort For Watching A Halloween Movie Marathon (don’t forget the popcorn!)
Set up a fort and add some blankets, pillows, or whatever cozy items you have. Then pop some popcorn and watch Hocus Pocus, or any of your favorite family Halloween movies!
Halloween Bake Challenge
Host a Halloween Baking Challenge. Have you seen the Holiday baking shows on the Food Network? I love watching those! One night I was watching an episode and thought, we could do that!
So I contacted a few friends and we decided we would do a baking challenge. We will make enough spooky treats for each house and then drop them off on a designated day.
After receiving all of the treats, we’ll use the ballet sheet to cast our votes!
It’s a fun way to add a little something special to the holiday season!
P.S. Want to try a Halloween Baking Challenge with a few of your friends? I have a FREE printable at the bottom of this post!
Halloween Decorating Challenge
Same as the baking challenge, you could do a decorating challenge. Make it a contest to see who comes up with the best decorations!
Halloween Scavenger Hunt
You could set up a scavenger hunt for your kids that involves looking for specific items. We did a birthday scavenger hunt for our daughter this year and it was a big hit! You could have prizes (candy) at each stop and/or a grand prize.
Halloween Treasure Hunt
The biggest difference between a scavenger hunt and a treasure hunt, are CLUES. A treasure hunt involves clues. I really like this free printable from The Housewife Modern.
Create A Halloween Escape Room
Have you ever done an escape room? It’s seriously so much fun. Our local library did one for kids that was Dr. Seuss themed and they had a blast. So why not make one for your kids that is Halloween themed?
The Activity Mom shares how to make your own escape room in this post.
Remember when birthday parades were a big thing this past spring? Well using that same concept, you could set up a costume parade. Then all of your friends and family could drive by and see your kids dressed up!
Boo Or Ghost People
Spread anonymous cheer by leaving goodie bags or baskets. You could bake and decorate treats and leave them at your friends doorsteps.
You can make baskets (think Easter baskets) and fill them with Halloween themed items, candy, crafts, etc. Then drop them off at people’s doorstep!
Halloween Themed Science Experiments
Another fun idea to do to science experiments that are Halloween themed. There are so many cool things to do but here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Diving Ghost Science Experiment from STEAMsational
- Apple Volcano Experiment from Growing A Jeweled Rose
- Witch’s Brew Fluffy Slime from Little Bins For Little Hands
- Ghost Eggs from Growing A Jeweled Rose
- Dancing Frankenworms from Playdough to Plato
- Melt A Haunted Hand from Happy Hooligans
FREE Baking Challenge Printable
Are you interested in doing a Halloween Baking Challenge? Well, I created a FREE printable for you!
How to use it:
- Download the PDF’s below.
- If you want to change the invite details open up the baking challenge PDF invite in Adobe Acrobat (get for FREE here.) You may ONLY Edit the words.
- If you want to use the invite without editing or use the blank PDF, just print like you normally would.
- Add the baking challenge details.
- Send an invite to those who dare to take on the spooktacular challenge.
You can download the 5×7 Halloween Baking Challenge Invite HERE!
You can download the 5×7 Halloween Ballet HERE!
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Do you have any other ideas for celebrating Halloween at home that you’d like to share? I’d love to hear them in the comment section!