Halloween might look a little different this year, but even if your family is in quarantine, there are lots of creative and safe ways to celebrate right at home. The best part about this is you can take the time and spend it with your family and create some new traditions that you and your family can enjoy. Here are some of my favorite ways that you can have fun with your kids and still give them a great Halloween.
Go big on DIY decorations.
Build anticipation for the big day by making your Halloween décor a showstopper. Get your child started on crafty sessions now. Think: Paper chains around the mailbox, lights over the door and construction paper silhouettes in the windows.
Create a Halloween home movie or play.
It’s the perfect scenario: Everyone already has a costume! Get the family involved in writing a script, building or arranging a “set,” picking out theme music, rehearsing, and filming. Then share it as a “Quarantine-O-Ween” family greeting.
Plan a scary (or not-so-scary) movie night.
Host a full-length feature with a theme that ties to Halloween or your child’s costume, or plan a marathon of Halloween-themed TV episodes. To make sure your selections are age appropriate, check commonsensemedia.org.
Have a Halloween-themed reading hour.
Check your library for book suggestions! Many offer curbside pick-up during COVID-19. (And if you need help getting your child excited about reading, check out these strategies.)
Make Halloween treats.
From cookies frosted to look like witch hats to tangerines peeled and garnished with mint to look like pumpkins, the options are endless. We also have taken food and added a little green food coloring to make it extra spooky. Whatever you decide, you’ll be spending time with your child building kitchen skills and having fun.
Camp out under the blue moon.
In case you hadn’t heard, there will be a full moon on Oct. 31, 2020 – something that happens just once every 18 or 19 years. It’s also a “blue moon,” aka the second full moon of the month. So set up a tent, and enjoy the show. Howl if you want to.
Join a virtual pumpkin-carving or -painting contest.
Host your own with family and friends, or try searching your online community for virtual events open to the public.
Create a Quarantine-O-Ween scavenger hunt.
Instead of your child trick-or-treating around the neighborhood, they can trick-or-treat around the home or yard. Hide treats, create clues, and send your child on a spooky scavenger hunt.
These are some really great ways to have a fun night with your kids and still create memories. This gives them a chance to still be a kid and enjoy this amazing time of year. Enjoy your day.