Halloween may look a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean your family has to miss out on all of the fun!
If you plan on staying in this Spooky Holiday Season, get your kids excited about Halloween again by enjoying these 10 fun and safe stay-at-home Halloween activities.
Host a Family Pumpkin Carving Contest
Have each member of your family carve a pumpkin early in the night and set them up in your living room with a fake candle inside, so you can watch them glow while you continue on with your other Halloween activities. You could even hand out prizes or ribbons for the best pumpkin.
Go Indoor Trick-or-Treating
Set a different kind of candy in each room of your home and let your kids dress up and trick-or-treat to each room to get all of the different kinds of candy to fill their baskets. You can even invite close family (not a large group) to help you join in on the fun!
Make a Homemade Scary Movie OR Reenact Your Favorite Halloween Scene on TikTok
Have the whole family dress up and get in on the action. Act out a scene based on your Halloween costume or find your favorite scene from a Halloween movie, grab some props and your phone to capture it all, and let the fun begin! This is an easy tradition that you could start to do yearly and then watch them every Halloween.
Make Some Scarily Delicious Treats
Popcorn balls, Monster Cookies, Edible Slime, Frankenstein Guacamole, Jack-o-Lantern Taco Dip, Eye Ball Pretzel Rods; we have all these spooky treats and MORE on our Pinterest Board, “Easy Halloween Treats” check them out and see what you and your family want to have on Halloween night!
Have a Halloween Candy Scavenger Hunt
Hide candy all throughout your home (be careful it’s not in the reach of your pets) and in your backyard. Have your kids put on their costumes and go candy hunting! This is a fun alternative to trick-or-treating and could be done at day or night, as long as flashlights are available.
Have a Scary Face Painting Contest
Buy some Halloween face paint and have each member of your family choose what scary creature they would like to look like. Print out the photos and get to painting. Whoever painted the person’s face that looks the most like their scary creature, wins a prize.
Play Halloween-Themed Games
Halloween Charades, Toilet Paper Mummies, Bobbing for Apples, Pumpkin Patch Stomp, Pin the Tail on the Black Cat; there are all kinds of games that you could tailor to the Halloween-theme for your family. For more ideas, check out these games from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom.
Throw Your Own Monster Mash
Can’t go to a Halloween party? Throw your own! Make some space in your living room, get some spooky décor, set out foods and drinks, get on your costumes and play some spooky tunes (Here’s our free Halloween Spotify Playlist) and let the party begin.
Have a Scary Movie Marathon
All kinds of TV Channels have Halloween marathons all month long, including AMC’s FearFest, Syfy’s 31 Days of Halloween, and the more kid-friendly Disney Channel’s Monstober, and Freeform’s 31 Nights of Halloween. For those of you that would rather stream, check out the new and classic Halloween movies on Amazon Prime, Netflix, and Hulu’s Huluween.
Camp in the Backyard…. or Your Living Room
If you live in an area where it is possible to set up a tent and a bonfire (or a fire pit) in the backyard, have the whole family sit around the fire telling scary stories and making s’mores, and then camp under the full moon. If you do not, improvise by going camping in your living room! Set up a blanket fort, turn on a scary show, and make s’mores in the microwave.
If you live in an area where families will still be trick-or-treating, but you are choosing to stay in; don’t forget to leave a basket of candy at your door. This way you won’t have to continue to answer the door and be in close proximity of anyone, but trick-or-treaters can still get their candy.
Have a spooky and safe Halloween!
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