By now, everyone has heard that the CDC recommends not to go trick-or- treating, or to follow specific protocols if you do. Every household is different, so parents are making hard decisions about what they feel is safest for their families. We have a young son and just might skip the festivities all together this year, but I’ve also started thinking about ways to have some Halloween fun at home! Here are some ideas to do either instead of, or in addition to, trick- or-treating in this weird year:
What’s better on Halloween than watching a scary movie? Turn off the lights, snuggle in close and get ready for some jump scares! If the kiddos aren’t quite old enough for this, turn on a Halloween themed cartoon. Most popular kids’ series have episodes that incorporate the fun of the season without being scary. Pop some popcorn, break out your big candy bag and enjoy your evening together! If you don’t have any littles, Cape Fear just hit Netflix!
If you are anything like me, life takes over and pumpkins get carved at the very last minute, if at all. If this is the case with you, that would work perfectly for a fun activity to do on October 31st. Cover the kitchen table, set out your supplies, turn on some fun Halloween music and get to carving! You can even have a family competition and/or pick a theme that everyone follows. Don’t forget to send pictures to family or do the whole thing over Zoom with the cousins!
If your kids still have a strong urge for collecting sweets but your neighborhood is not participating, consider a candy hunt. It’s a weird combination of Halloween and Easter! Buy some candy and put a handful of pieces in cute baggies or containers and hide them around the house or backyard. If your kids are old enough, you can even create a scavenger hunt! How fun to let them dress up and hunt for their loot!
Regardless of what you choose to do this Halloween, we hope it is safe and chocolatey!