How to Celebrate Halloween at Home This Year with Your Family

Halloween at home this year? It doesn’t have to be boring! Plan a night to remember with these simple ideas for celebrating at home.

IS HALLOWEEN CANCELED?

I’m trying to wrap my head around the fact that we’re still dealing with this pandemic and then the internet’s like So..are we going trick or treating this year?

Um…yes?!

How can we skip over this holiday tradition? The kid in me is pumped for candy, costumes and spooky houses, but mama bear over here is like…are you sure this is a good idea???

WHAT’S EVERYONE ELSE DOING?

Some families have been getting together for awhile now and creating their own “safe community” by limiting who they hang out with, but still allowing for some real social interaction. If you feel comfortable, skip the trick or treating and enjoy an at-home party with close family or friends. Each adult could even hide behind a bedroom door and have the kids knock to receive their candy as they walk down the hallway.

Want to provide an option for those who do want to trick or treat? I’ve seen people posting ideas for filling treat bags and lining them up on a table or the sidewalk for easy, no-contact trick or treating.

I can’t answer for you and your family, but I thought I’d share an at-home option if you’re feeling nervous about trick or treating but want to still celebrate Halloween this year.

PLAN A FAMILY HALLOWEEN PARTY NIGHT

1. SET OUT SOME DECORATIONS

Keep it simple—choose an orange/black/white color scheme for a cozy feel or black/purple/green for spooky vibes. Buy holiday paper plates and cups and add a few orange twinkle lights around the room. Decorate with black bats or crows, orange pumpkins, spooky trees and spider webs.

2. MAKE SOME SPOOKY TREATS

Set dry ice in a punch bowl, freeze spider rings in ice cubes and make pigs in a blanket look like mummies. Get creative!

3. PUT ON A HALLOWEEN PLAYLIST

There are tons of free Halloween music playlists on Spotify to have on in the background during your party. I compiled one for you that you can listen to for free:

4. DRESS IN COSTUMES

Just because you’re staying home doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the best part! Coordinate as a family or come up with your own individual ideas. Don’t forget face paint and temporary hair dye!

5. PLAY SOME PARTY GAMES

Clue is a great game for Halloween if you already own it, otherwise you can print these free Halloween Bingo cards for even more fun. Use candy corn for the bingo markers!

6. GO ON A GLOW IN THE DARK CANDY HUNT

I’ve seen a lot of creative ideas when it comes to giving your kids Halloween candy this year, but I love the idea of taping glow sticks to candy bars or hiding them in glowing Easter eggs to create a spooky candy hunt for families that choose to stay home. Make a treasure hunt using clues to find each kids’ stash or have the kids ring the doorbell a few times to collect their candy. Either way, don’t miss out on the candy!

7. WRAP UP WITH A SCARY MOVIE

Lately I’ve been in the mood to watch Young Frankenstein, but here’s a list of some family favorites that the kids will enjoy. If it’s cold enough, light a fire, otherwise lights out or a few candles will up the spook factor for a classic Halloween movie.

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Happy Halloween—however you choose to celebrate it!

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