2020 is guaranteed to deliver a Halloween like no other, and whilst no one can guarantee what measures may be in place by the end of October, more of us will most likely be having a simple Halloween at home.
The pandemic is still with us, and with a bleak winter ahead perhaps it’s time to think outside of the box when it comes to Halloween.
Trick or treating will not be a desirable option for most this year and there is a low chance of large parties happening too. It doesn’t mean that you can’t still make Halloween a fun holiday to celebrate with your kiddos.
I’ve written a list of ten ways you can have a super exciting Halloween at home this autumn.
1. Watch a spooky film
There’s nothing spookier than cuddling together under a blanket to watch a scary film. If you have younger children, you could find some Halloween versions of their favourite cartoons like Paw Patrol or Scooby Doo.
Older children might enjoy some of the classics like Hocus Pocus, Ghostbusters or The Addams Family. Gremlins is also great (though I’m convinced it’s actually a Christmas film)
2. Create homemade Halloween decorations
You can make Halloween extra special by going all out in the house and decorating your home. Sit with your children and create some Halloween decorations from recycled materials.
3. Trick or treat scavenger hunt
Traditional trick or treating might be off the cards this year but it doesn’t mean you can’t recreate it in your own home.
Why not create some little doors from card and hide them around the garden and in your home? Behind each door you could hide a little chocolate hiding for them to put in their little buckets. Your kids will love it!
4. Cook a Halloween dinner
Scary pizzas are an ideal thing to create with your children. These ones from bakedbyjoanna.com are great! You can either spruce up a shop bought pizza or go all out and bake one from scratch.
5. Tell ghost stories around a fire
This is on my Halloween bucket list for sure. If you are lucky enough to have a garden large enough, then why not add a fire pit to it? It’s something that can be enjoyed all year round.
Imagine sitting outside on a cool, crisp October evening under a blanket next to a crackling fire pit. Roasting marshmallows and telling ghost stories… ah! Such a simple thing that can give your child so many memories from the comfort of your own home.
6. Pumpkin Craft
A classic! Carving pumpkins is the traditional Halloween activity. So much fun can be had – just remember not to waste any of it when you’ve finished.
Literally tonnes of pumpkin is sent to landfill every year. You can create lots of dished using left over pumpkin, including pie and soup.
Feeding it to local wildlife is also an option. Taking it into the woods for animals to eat is a great option, particularly when other food sources will be becoming scarce.
7. Halloween games
Apple bobbing and pin the wart on the witch can be created simply for fun and simple Halloween games at home.
8. Make a witches brew / wizards potion
This can be concocted from literally anything in your house. Add a little food dye and feel free to throw in what ever you want! Younger children will love this activity, especially if you have a little witches cauldron for them to hold the potions.
9. Create a haunted house den
Decorate the children’s den area into a haunted house or simply add some Halloween decorations to it. It’s a great way to encourage independent play and you will be amazed at the games that might spring from their imaginations.
10. Halloween costume parade
It wouldn’t be Halloween without dressing up for the occasion. You don’t have to spend a lot on a costume. In fact, why not create your own or transform an existing costume into a Halloween version.
Why can’t the police man become a zombie police man?