Fun Halloween Ideas for a Safe and Spooky celebration during Covid-19

The days are getting shorter and the temperatures are dropping, which can only mean one thing – Halloween is finally here! And it goes without saying that this year, Halloween will look very different for all of us. However, there are still tons of fun, spooky, and creative ideas for you to try! We have compiled a list of our unique favorites in hopes to inspire you for a safer way to celebrate with your family this weekend.

Spooky Movie Night

A movie night with a chilly twist could be the perfect alternative to restore traditions for those who typically visit the theatre after trick-or-treating. With some simple black-out curtains and battery-operated flicker candles, your living area can be inexpensively transformed into an eerie indoor cinema. In fact, many channels are releasing new movies on Halloween night! And what better to pair your piping hot apple cider with, than a creepy-crawly thriller.

 

Virtual Costume Party & Pumpkin Decorating Contest

There is nothing like face-to-face interactions with family members and close friends, but the reality is, most of us have attended a few (or more) virtual meetings since the beginning of the year. So why not drop some fun hand-made invitations in the mail and make this one memorable? You could even enclose a list of items needed to participate! A virtual costume party or a live pumpkin decorating contest can be a great way to make your elderly family members laugh and feel included, even from feet or miles apart.

 

Homemade Halloween Treats

Typically, Halloween night is known for the staggering mounds of candy dumped onto the kitchen table by young children in an effort to find the perfect sweet treat after a long trek around the neighborhood. And although you can still allow them to enjoy a piece of candy or two, (so long as they remember to brush well before bedtime), it’s nice to have some yummy themed foods and snacks on hand with a bit of a healthier twist. Tangerine pumpkins with a sliver of celery as a stem, a “boo-banana” with semi-sweet chocolates for eyes, strawberries dipped in Greek yogurt, and then frozen to resemble mini ghosts, or a cauliflower crusted pizza with a pepperoni jack-o-lantern face – are all great ideas to conceptualize!

 

Glow-In-The-Dark Piñata Party

 

Gathering outdoors in smaller groups is a great alternative to ensure everyone is able to properly social-distance. And what better way to spice up this year’s Halloween celebration than with an All Hallows Eve fiesta! And, a fiesta is just not complete without a traditional pinata. Papier-mâché pinatas have been around for ages and can be store-bought or made right at home! Do you remember covering a balloon with glue and bits of newspaper? – A creative way to make your pinata POP outdoors would be to cover it with glow-in-the-dark acrylic paint! Then, once dry, fill the pinata with individually wrapped Halloween candy, and have each participant take turns hitting it with a “witches” broom. With a few sanitizing wipes handy, you will be able to easily wipe-down between swings and enjoy a new way to trick-or-treat from the comfort of your backyard.

 

So, whether you are giving out pre-bagged goodies, visiting a local pumpkin patch, or going to an outdoor trunk-or-treat in your community, we sincerely hope you will safely enjoy some spooky festivities. After all, Halloween only comes around one time each year! And don’t forget to share your photos with us on Facebook, we would love to see what new ideas your family comes up with.

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