This Halloween has the potential to be epic: the holiday falls on a Saturday (which means we get an entire day of candy, costumes, and crafts) and there will even be a full moon (so spooky!). But wait, 2020 has been all about Quarantine ! So what about Halloween? Here comes the solution – “Quarantine Halloween”.
Each year, this festival is celebrated with much fun and fervor. However, there are a few things that will set Halloween 2020 apart from all other years — most notably, the corona virus pandemic and everything that comes with it. But just because we need to remain socially distanced this year, doesn’t mean Halloween is cancelled — it just means we need to brainstorm creative ideas.
“Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble.” …
Ahead, we’ve compiled a list of the best ways to safely celebrate quarantine Halloween in 2020. From setting up a few festive Halloween games to cooking a spread of yummy fall foods, these ideas will help you have the best Halloween yet. Forget everything you know about how October 31 is traditionally celebrated; these quarantine Halloween ideas will help you have a spooky socially distanced celebration right at home. All you need to do is put on your costume, eat some candy, and get ready for a haunting Halloween house party.
1.Play a Halloween game
This year, you have all day to celebrate quarantine Halloween. Therefore you might want to plan some structured activities. A fun bean-bag or ring toss, or a game of trivia or charades is sure to be a hit. These Halloween party games are great for Halloween classroom parties, kids’ Halloween parties, or fun at-home games to play in the weeks leading up to Halloween. While Online Halloween games for kids will help fill in the days before the holiday, the Halloween party games for adults will make sure everyone has a chance to have fun in late October.
- Halloween Feel Box This gross game is always a popular Halloween party game. Make boxes with slimy food and household items and have the kids feel their way through the box.
- Halloween Pumpkin Patch Hunting Game This fun game will have kids searching for mini or plastic pumpkins that are hidden around the house or classroom. The person or team that finds the most pumpkins wins.
- Old Costume Relay Race Have kids take turns putting on and taking off old Halloween costumes in this fun and frantic Halloween party game for kids.
2.And some spooky sweets
Halloween is all about treating yourself — which means you should go all in on preparing a ton of sweets. For instance, try something creative like witch cupcakes, black cat cookies, or choco-pumpkin ice-cream sandwiches.
Meanwhile, kick up the fear factor of your Halloween dessert spread with mummies, black cats, bats, and more. From ghost s’mores to Jack Skellington-themed pies, there’s a scare level—and dessert preference—for everyone in here. Find even more great ideas for Halloween treats here! Serve these sweet bites at your Halloween party and watch your guests be amazed with your impressive baking and decorating skills. Not throwing a party this year?
3.Do a Tarot card reading
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4.Put on a Halloween playlist
No matter how small your quarantine Halloween party is, it won’t be complete without some festive tunes. Blast your favorites and have a dance party or likewise, play a game of freeze dance.
Any Halloween party where kids are present should keep songs with explicit lyrics to a minimum. Certainly, you don’t have to worry about any of that with the Fearsome Halloween Essentials album by Halloween Kids.
The album is a mashup of covers from various hits over the years, all redesigned with a semi-spooky All Hallows’ Eve feel. It includes hits like “Highway to Hell,” “Superfreak,” “Ghostbusters,” “Disturbia,” and yes, “Monster Mash.”
The great thing about this playlist is that it’s so versatile. Just because it was put together for kids, doesn’t mean they’re the only ones that will enjoy it. But if you’re looking for something safe to play for those kids during their spooky Halloween party, this is a great choice.
- “Thriller” by Michael Jackson (1983)
- “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr. …
- “Monster Mash” by Bobby “Boris” Pickett (1962) …
- “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” by Blue Öyster Cult (1976) …
- “Highway to Hell” by AC/DC (1979) …
- “This Is Halloween” by The Citizens of Halloween (1993) …
5.Watch a scary movie under quarantine
While the horror genre has often been pushed aside in cinema for its campy and formulaic tendencies, there’s a reason real horror movies haven’t met their demise. They’re, quite literally, haunting. Ask even the harshest of critics about the scariest movie they’ve ever seen, and it is often one that they will never forget—whether they like it or not.
So often, horror misses the mark, venturing off into something else besides… well, horror. Perhaps it’s that very underdog nature of the genre, itself, that primes us to be off-guard when a great one comes along and pulls the rug out from under us.
6. Attend a trick-or-treat parade
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends against door-to-door trick-or-treating this year, calling it a “higher-risk” activity due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services includes house-to-house trick-or-treating in a list of activities to avoid this year, along with large outdoor gatherings and indoor parties.
Some local health departments have followed suit.
For example, “The North Shore Health Department recommends that communities not schedule village or city-wide trick-or-treat events this year to avoid large gatherings of children and families.”
Health officials recommend safer pandemic-era celebrations this year such as:
- virtual costume contests
- scary movie-watching with Halloween snacks within individual households
- socially distanced outdoor pumpkin carving
- family walks through the neighborhood to look at Halloween decorations or fill out scavenger hunt cards
7. Decorate the Halloween!
A little bit of Halloween decorating can go a long way — especially if you’ve got kids. For example, waking up to these adorable ghost emoji balloons will help them feel like Halloween is going to be perfectly festive, even if it’s a little bit different this year than most years.
Trick out your home with the creepiest — and cutest — quarantine Halloween decor this year. These Halloween decoration ideas feature the best of the best (a.k.a. witches, ghosts, and bats) and will impress trick-or-treaters and party guests alike. From your porch to mantel, no one will question your commitment to the holiday once they catch a glimpse of your handiwork. Most of these can be made with inexpensive Halloween decorations from Amazon or items you already own. Between balloons, tablecloths, centerpieces, wreaths, window decorations, photo backdrops, and banners, browse this list to get all of the decorating inspiration you need to get your house ready for the spookiest day of the year. These Halloween decorations cover all the bases — cute, creepy, funny, and downright terrifying — so you can nail whatever theme you’re going for this October.
8. Host virtual Halloween party
At this point in quarantine Halloween, we’re all pros at hosting virtual get-togethers. Pour a drink, put on a costume, and invite all your friends to a Halloween FaceTime or Zoom party.
Due to the pandemic, many tried-and-true Halloween festivities—trick-or-treating, crowded parties, and indoor haunted houses—are considered a risk for spreading the coronavirus. And with COVID-19 cases in children on the rise, families are wondering what’s safe. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has even released 2020 recommendations for safely celebrating the holidays to complement local and state guidelines, breaking down what they consider to be low, moderate, and higher risk Halloween activities.
Though some families may decide to continue with traditional or modified trick-or-treating depending on rules where they live, others—especially those who are considered high-risk or live in areas where community transmission is still high and cases of COVID-19 are on the rise—are on the hunt for safe Halloween alternatives.
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9. Quarantine Paint fun over your kids’ faces
You don’t have to be an artist to have fun with face paint. Ask your kids which design they’d like and do your best to paint it. Additionally, they can take turns painting each others’ faces if they’d like.
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10. Go on a family bike ride or walk
Spend Halloween morning biking through a park or nearby neighborhood.
Except for last year, and what a mistake that was! Being bikeless led to an incredibly late evening — once we decided to call it a night the kids couldn’t help but knock on every porch-lit door we passed as we hoofed it a mile to get back home, adding an additional hour to the night. In the past I’ve found it a bit awkward to wheel my bike along the sidewalk or street while the kids march from door-to-door, but being able to pedal away when we’re done always makes it well worth it.
Beyond being an escape vehicle, here’s why it’s not that scary to bring the bike along on Halloween:
➤ Carrier of extra layers
It’s usually cold on Halloween, and often wet. There’s no shame in one’s bike acting like a glorified shopping cart — so load it up with hoodies, gloves, and rain jackets to carry along until they’re needed. And if you’ve got an indecisive trick-or-treater, toss a spare costume in it, too!
➤ Wheelbarrow of accumulated candy
Oh how I hate shouldering that increasingly heavy bag of overflow candy as we trudge through the spooky night. We (OK, I) like to visit a candy buy-back after Halloween so it’s lucrative for the kids to grab as much heavy candy as they can and I let the show go on longer when I have my bike along to fill with the spoils.
Point out the prettiest fall foliage or the most fabulously decorated houses. It’s a great way to get some exercise and enjoy the late-fall weather.