Trick or treat! It’s the most spook-tacular time of the year once again, when kids and adults show up in their best costumes, grinning jack-o’-lanterns pop up everywhere, and all things fun and frightening are a sure hit. Let’s face it – our Halloween festivities this year may not be the same as the ones we’re used to because of the coronavirus pandemic. But we can still find ways to have an exciting socially distanced celebration with our family and friends.
Although big Halloween-themed parties and parades are most likely put on hold, and we probably won’t be seeing creatively dressed children trick-or-treating around the neighborhood just like before, there are certain traditions that you can carry out virtually or at home.
Get your dose of chills and thrills from watching horror flicks and TV specials, reading eerie books, and sharing scary stories. Bake Halloween cookies with the kids, have a costume contest, decorate the house with hanging paper bats and spider webs, make Halloween crafts, and play frightfully fun games (e.g. truth or scare, Halloween bingo or scavenger hunt). Don’t forget to prepare lots of yummy candies and treats for the children!
Running out of Halloween party ideas to entertain your loved ones? In this list, we compiled a number of enjoyable and spine-chilling activities that you can do during this annual holiday while staying safe. Happy Halloween!
HOST A FUN AND SPOOKY MOVIE NIGHT
Bring out the blankets and bean bags, (don’t forget to switch off the lights to set the mood) and grab some popcorn as you stream your favorite scary movies at home with your family and friends. You know, those bone-chilling, chainsaw-wielding or ghost-busting flicks that will make you want to hold your loved ones tight.
Get ready to scream your lungs out while watching horror classics like Dracula, Frankenstein and The Exorcist. If zombie apocalypse is your thing, you can pick Train to Busan or Dawn of the Dead. But if gory horror films are not your cup of tea, and the big kids or tweens in the house will be joining your movie marathon, choose family-friendly and not-so-creepy Halloween favorites for everyone. There’s Casper, the Harry Potter series, Hotel Transylvania, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and many more!
WHIP UP DELICIOUS HALLOWEEN TREATS
Your at-home Halloween party won’t be complete without serving a bunch of sweet and spooky Halloween snacks and desserts! Get the whole family involved (especially the little ones) in preparing some fancy treats that you can munch on after dinner, while playing games or during movie nights. Your little witches and wizards will enjoy getting their hands dirty in the kitchen by helping you bake ghost-shaped biscuits, ooey gooey monster cookies, graveyard cake, spider web brownies, pumpkin spiced donuts, and zombie cupcakes. We’re pretty sure that your delightful creations will be too adorable to eat! If you want to save time, you can also buy premade gingerbread cookies, and let the kids decorate them with blood red icing or skeleton designs. Put your culinary skills to the test by making delectable finger food like Halloween-inspired pizza and jack-o’-lantern quesadillas for your guests as well as fun and festive cocktails (e.g. Bloody Mary or Vampire’s Kiss Martini) for the adults. Boo appetit!
TELL SCARY STORIES BY THE CAMPFIRE
Gathering around a campfire to swap eerie ghost stories is a Halloween tradition that never gets old. Whether you’re spooking one another with a series of true or fictional tales of terror, it is still a fun way to bond with your friends and cousins while roasting marshmallows and warming up on a chilly night. But it doesn’t really have to be an actual bonfire activity. You can improvise by bringing your folks together in a dim room or around a Halloween candle and taking turns to share hair-raising stories.
You can also have everyone listening to horror podcasts that can send shivers down your spine. Give your buddies a good fright by recalling creepy legends, vampire stories, and classic tales of haunted houses. If there are children in the group, the grown-ups can pick those not-so-terrifying folklores that won’t give them nightmares. You can share kid-friendly Halloween tales from your childhood, read aloud from children’s Halloween books, find spooky stories online, or make one on the spot!
READ CHILLING BOOKS
For the self-confessed bookworms who want to get in the Halloween mood, curling up with some spooky reads is always a wonderful idea. If you’re a huge fan of horror, science fiction, and fantasy novels, best-selling author Stephen King is your man. His masterpieces Carrie, It, The Shining, and Misery—which have movie adaptations as well—are must-reads if you’re into compelling and suspenseful tales. Edgar Allan Poe’s collection of short stories and poems (see The Tell-Tale Heart, Annabel Lee, and The Black Cat) is the perfect Halloween companion for those who love reading Gothic literature.
There are many other spine-tingling books that you may want to binge read before Halloween: Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire, Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, and Neil Gaiman’s Coraline. From psychological thrillers, mystery reads, horror classics, and everything else in between, these books will surely keep you up at night (lights on, please).
WEAR YOUR HALLOWEEN COSTUMES
Get your little ghoulies and ghosties in the Halloween spirit by making them wear their cutest and spookiest costumes, even if they will be staying home during the night of fright. If you have a big family, you can set a theme and even have an actual costume contest. Join the fun and doll up too, and don’t forget to take some family snapshots. Ask your children who their favorite characters are or what costume they would like to wear for the party. You can easily purchase ready-to-wear outfits and accessories online or in shopping malls, but if you have extra time, why not make DIY Halloween costumes with your kids? It’s a fantastic way to spark their creativity and spend quality time together.
This holiday is also an opportunity to go twinning with your mini-me for the most adorable Halloween looks. Don’t have the budget for custom outfits? Go ahead and raid your closet (and your kids’) to look for some wardrobe staples that you can transform into a Halloween costume—like Wednesday Addams’ signature braids and black dress or Little Red Riding Hood’s iconic red hooded cape over a red dress (with a matching picnic basket for grandma). You can also channel your inner Elle Woods from hit movie Legally Blonde with an all-pink ensemble. Don’t forget to bring a stuffed dog (or your real puppy) to nail the look!
PLAY HALLOWEEN GAMES
Just because you’re staying home for the Halloween party doesn’t mean you can’t play fun games with your family and have a memorable time together! It’s time to test the children’s knowledge of Halloween riddles, vocabulary, and facts the old-fashioned way through Halloween crossword puzzles and word search. Scavenger hunts are also a surefire hit for the Sherlock Holmes wannabes, those little ones who love adventure – running around the house or backyard solving clues and completing challenges, which will earn them a bag of Halloween treats.
How about having a mummy relay race? Participants will be divided into groups. They have to wrap their teammate up like a mummy using toilet paper as fast as they can, and the designated ‘mummy’ of each group will race to the finish line. Sounds exciting, right? If you have plastic toy spiders and some straws at home, you can let the children play spider races. Your little goblins just have to blow through the straw to get their spiders across the finish line first to win the match. Playing Halloween charades as a family is also a nice way to gather everyone for a fun and spooky guessing game. There are many other awesome games that you can choose from such as truth or scare (which gives a twist to the popular truth or dare game), candy jenga, Halloween bingo, and pumpkin twister. Don’t forget to put on your Halloween playlist. Enjoy!
MAKE HALLOWEEN CRAFTS
Let the kids’ creative juices flow by encouraging them to do some easy Halloween arts and crafts which can also double as your home decors. Creating these fun DIY Halloween projects also makes a great family bonding activity, and it will definitely give your little monsters more reasons to be excited about the spooky holiday! Halloween is not just all about candies and costumes – it’s also the time to carve and paint pumpkins (with a little help from mommy and daddy, of course). Children of all ages will have a blast making their own gooey and gross slime that will actually keep them busy for hours.
You don’t really have to spend a lot of money to buy the materials for the project. Make use of household items: toilet paper rolls or cotton balls can be made into ghosts, parchment paper or trash bags into spider webs, egg cartons into bats, and many more. You can also make paper bag monster puppets, pom-pom spiders, paper plate bats, Halloween masks, DIY jack-o’-lanterns, yarn spider webs, etc. After enjoying the crafty session with the kiddos, you can dress up your home by displaying your painted pumpkins, candy wreaths, hanging paper bats and ghost garlands on your porch or all over your house to prep it for the Halloween party!
CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN IN A RESORT-STYLE CONDO
Safely enjoy your Halloween traditions at home, and look for new ways to have fun during the spookiest time of the year while staying in with your loved ones. As a condo dweller, you can also decorate your unit to give it a bit of a spooky Halloween vibe. Use your imagination and creativity to pull off a spellbinding makeover or host a mini-party in your place.
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