Halloween may look a little different this year but that doesn’t mean you still can’t get festive and celebrate!
One of the most beloved aspects of halloween is dressing up and going trick or treating. While some communities are banning trick or treating, other community members are choosing to hold off as it could encourage more indoor gatherings where COVID-19 can spread. Despite what your community may decide, we came up with some Halloween themed kid friendly activities you can do with your little ghouls and goblins!
HALLOWEEN CANDY HUNT
A great way to still keep the essence of trick or treating without compromising you or your child’s health is to combine an Easter Egg hunt with Halloween trick-or-treating and create a Halloween Candy Hunt! Instead of going house to house and potentially exposing yourself to the virus, you can guarantee your safety from the comfort of your own home. Hide candy around the house, create a spooky treasure map, and have your children hunt for the buried treasure. Check out this free printable scavenger hunt sheet for ideas and inspiration.
VIRTUAL COSTUME CONTEST
One of the best parts about halloween is getting dressed up! If your children are feeling down because they can’t show off their costumes this year, think again. You can get creative and host a virtual costume contest with their friends and yours over zoom. To make it even more fun, create categories for each costume such as “Spookiest Costume” or “Best Pop Culture Costume” so that everyone can be a winner! Prefer to have a social distancing costume contest? No problem. Check out the CDC’s guidelines for having a fun costume party but still making sure everyone maintains a safe distance of at least 6 feet with those you don’t live with.
What is Halloween without some pumpkin carving? You can get pumpkins from a pumpkin patch or simply buy some from your local grocery store. There are hundreds of free templates online to create some spooky cutouts. If your kids are too young to handle pumpkin carving utensils, you can also have them decorate pumpkins! Here are some fun ideas that use tissue paper, glitter, and paint. Another great idea that the CDC approves of is walking around the neighborhood with your children admiring carved pumpkins and decorations from other houses.
Get your kids excited for Halloween with some spooky homemade treats! There are hundreds of halloween recipes you can find online from mummy rice krispie treats, to cake pop eyeballs, or even something as simple as decorated sugar cookies where you can have your kids use cut outs such as cats, pumpkins, or ghosts. You can also get creative with all that leftover halloween candy you bought and use it within a recipe! Check out some fun recipes such as Reese’s Cookies or Halloween Cookie bars here.
HALLOWEEN MOVIE MARATHON
Another favorite halloween tradition is watching halloween themed, spooky movies throughout the month of October to get you and your kids in the spirit. There are many channels that are running movie marathons such as Freeform’s 31 Nights of Halloween, Disney Channel’s Monstober, or AMC’s Fearfest. Cozy up with a blanket and some popcorn. Or even better, take it outside on a movie projector! This will guarantee your kids get excited for Halloween this year.
Follow us on social media to learn more about ways to live a happier and healthier life!