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You might be thinking that Halloween is canceled because of the virus, but to that I say, hold your horses. There is still a ton of fun to be had despite having to stay home for safety. I’ve put together a few ideas for how you can celebrate Halloween at home and not feel like you or your kids are missing out.
Candy Scavenger Hunt
If you don’t feel comfortable going out for trick or treating this year, that’s ok. In fact, a lot of us feel the same way. But, just because there’s a virus happening doesn’t mean the kids should have to go without candy. Instead of trick or treating have a candy scavenger hunt all throughout your house and even out into your yard.
Become a Mad Scientist
Put on your safety goggles and spend the day being a mad scientist! Make oobleck, make a volcano…find out what happens when you mix Diet Coke and Mentos. Work on your best mad scientist cackle and have fun! Kids of all ages will love being a mad scientist for the day. Also, have another adult on hand to take pictures of the whole thing so you can cherish the memories for years to come.
Halloween Movie Night
Have a Halloween movie night with at least 2 movies, though I recommend more. If you want to make it a shorter night have one that is kid-friendly that ends right before bed and a second one for the adults that starts after the little ones are tucked away. You could also have an all-day movie marathon. Start the morning off with the most kid-friendly movies that parents might not want to watch and save the ones you will want to see like Hocus Pocus and Nightmare Before Christmas for later. Then once again, after the kids go to bed pop in your favorite scary movie.
Zoom Costume Party
Are we all sick of Zoom parties at this point? Yeah, I imagine we are. But, you can make them a bit more exciting by adding in costumes and cheesy Halloween music. Have your Halloween party at a safe distance. It won’t be quite the same as the Halloween parties you’re used to, but it will still be a fun way to gather with your friends and family from a distance. Plus, the kids will love being able to talk about their costumes with their friends and cousins.
Go All Out on Decorations
Break out all the Halloween decorations and buy a few more if you can then just go all out with them, inside and outside your home. This year, more than ever we all need that little bit of cheer that comes from decorating your house for the holidays, and that all starts with Halloween. Even if you don’t have a lot of money to spend on it, there are still some great ways to be creative with your decorating like scarecrows made out of a pumpkin, some old clothes, and stuffed with whatever you have on hand.
Go to the Drive-in
Even though this one isn’t actually staying home, I’m going to include it anyway because it has you staying isolated with your family group. Thanks to the virus the few drive-in theaters that still exist have been seeing a massive boom in business and that’s going to especially be true for Halloween. You will want to book in advance for movies you want to see on Halloween as I see that being a popular option this year.