How to Celebrate Halloween During a Pandemic
We’ve all been wondering how to celebrate Halloween at home this year. Transform your Coronaween into a Halloween to remember! Halloween will be celebrated a little differently, but it doesn’t have to be bare bones. No doubt most families are feeling that Halloween is a little more tricky, less treat-y, but this is a great excuse to go all out! Halloween 2020 isn’t canceled, it’s just creative! Break out the spiderwebs and pick out your pumpkins, because your family will be in the Halloween spirit in no time!
If you are looking for spooky and fun Halloween events in and around the South Bay, check out our Southern California Halloween Guide and our Community Calendar. We’ve also created a round up of spooky and fun Halloween movies for kids, guaranteed to keep them entertained all month long!
We’ve made a list of 31 of fun and spooky ways to celebrate at home leading up to Halloween, plus a list of tons of Halloween Activities for Day and Night Festivities so you can Quarantine-o-ween safely. Before quarantine makes you totally batty, wear a monster mask, brew up something delicious, stay at home…but make it spooky!
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31 Days of Halloween Fun leading up to Halloween
- Create a Halloween Advent Calendar with candy or prizes
- Deck-the-Haunted House Hall
Turn your home or garage into a haunted house! Make every nook and cranny creepy and crawly
- Pick out Halloween Pajamas for cozy cooky celebrations
- Spooky Movie Marathon
- Costume Day! Make a list of costume ideas, order the supplies needed!
Figure out how to incorporate a mask into costume idea if you’re visiting social distanced actives like a pumpkin patch!
- Paint Pumpkins for your Distance Learning Desk
- Mad Scientist Snack attack! Roast pumpkin seeds, turn pretzels into witch fingers, transform deviled eggs into eyeballs, bake mummy hot dogs wrapped in crescent rolls! Be creative!
- Read Halloween books
- Make use of old Halloween photos. Turn old Halloween family photos into cards or e-cards to send friends/family or share them on social media
- Go to a Drive Thru Haunted House
- Visit a pumpkin patch
- Build a garden scarecrow
- Make a Halloween Playlist
- Throw a Monster Mash Family Dance Party
- Creepy Coloring (print Halloween coloring pages!)
- Over-the-top front yard decorating
- Bootiful Bathtime – bathtime can be more fun with Halloween bath bombs and fake candelabras
- Build a haunted fort with sheets and battery powered candles
- Skip the tricks and just go for the treats! Bake, make, and decorate!
- Make Caramel Apples
- Play Flashlight Tag in the Dark
- Get witch crafty with a Halloween Craft Night
- Decorate the Car for Halloween! Make your car spookier for drive in activities or car parades
- Show off costumes with a fun Photo Booth! Use backdrops and props for extra fun!
- Go to a Drive in Theatre for Halloween Movies (can go in costume!) or drive around a neighborhood with festive decorations
- Make Boo Baskets to surprise your neighbors with treats on their doorstep
- Deliver Boo Baskets
- Throw a zoom costume party!
– Play Halloween games and quizzes or give out costume awards!
– Make it a virtual decorating party or a virtual decoration “walk through”
– Play Halloween Mad Libs
- Carve Pumpkins
- Have a Halloween Disney themed night
- Happy Halloween!
On Halloween activities:
- Halloween Egg Hunt
– Can be done in the house, or make a graveyard in the backyard!
– Buy Halloween themed eggs and glow in the dark eggs and fill them with candy and prizes!
- Halloween Treasure Hunt
– Make hints and let the search begin for a Haunted Scavenger Hunt
- Make a spooky video using your phone and editing apps!
- Halloween Games – We have tons of ideas on our Pinterest Board!
– Play Halloween Bingo with prizes
– Classic…go bobbing for apples
– Play Ring Toss with Witch Hats or Pumpkin Stems
– Grab a bunch of flashlights and sit around telling ghost stories in the backyard! Go creepy camping!
- Play Hide-n-Seek in costume
- Monster Smash a Halloween piñata
- Do the Mummy wrap challenge – see who can wrap someone in a whole roll of toilet paper first!
- Indoor trick or treat
– Parent behind each door of the house with a different kind of candy behind each door. Do it at different times during the night to space it out.
- Have a Disney themed Halloween night. Dress up as Disney characters, carve a mickey pumpkin, recreate Disney foods, Nightmare before Christmas, sparklers to be the “fireworks,” etc.
- Mystery Boxes
– Fill boxes with “icky” and “yucky” items! Olives for eyeballs, spaghetti for guts, Cheetos for witch fingers! Whoever guesses what’s in the boxes, gets a prize!
- Rent a screen and projector and watch scary movies outside!
- Surprise your kids with a celebrity Cameo shout out from a Halloween character
How are you planning to celebrate instead of trick or treating this year? Comment below, we’d love to hear your ideas!
And don’t forget to find more fun Halloween events in and around the South Bay, check out our Southern California Halloween Guide and our Community Calendar. We’ve also created a round up of spooky and fun Halloween movies for kids, guaranteed to keep them entertained all month long!