Our kids have given up so much in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic: trips to the playground, play dates with friends, extracurricular sports and even the traditional first day of school. No parent wants to tell their child that Halloween is cancelled too, but with social distancing guidelines in effect activities like trick or treating, costume parades and haunted houses won’t happen this year. While Halloween will look a bit different in 2020, it's a great opportunity to get creative about celebrating Halloween at home!
1. Organize a virtual chat with friends
Have your dress in up their Halloween costume for a chat with friends. They can tell spooky stories or watch a Halloween-themed movie together while enjoying their treats. Many candy companies, like Hershey’s, are offering at-home Halloween kits.
2. Halloween game night
Check out the free Halloween Bingo printable from the Artsy Fartsy Mama website. Pick up the Mad Libs Halloween-theme book or a spooky board game. Younger kids might enjoy Shadows In The Forest, and older kids and teens will prefer Mysterium and Betrayal At House On The Hill.
3. Spooky Halloween dinner
Get creative in the kitchen – make mummy hot dogs or bake monster cookies together. Decorate your table with a Halloween theme. The Family Table Time toolkit (on the Informed Families website) includes simple, tasty recipes that you can prepare as a family in addition to conversation starters to
help your family connect.
4. Arts and crafts
Save your pumpkin painting or carving for Halloween night. Make a candy wreath complete with your favorite goodies. Make witch slime or build your very own Halloween fort.
5. Safely trick or treat
Plan an indoor or outdoor candy scavenger hunt. Or you can trick or treat virtually. Mars Wrigley has created an online app, Treat Town. Users create a virtual avatar, decorate a virtual door, and knock on friends and family members’ virtual decorated doors. Parents can purchase credits to give their trick-or-treaters, redeemable for real candy like Snickers and M&Ms online or in stores.
“There are many ways to enjoy Halloween at home, but if your older teens are spending the holiday with friends remind them to wear a mask and be sure to set firm boundaries about engaging in risky behaviors like underage drinking, experimenting with drugs or driving impaired,” said Peggy Sapp, Informed Families President and CEO. “We want to ensure that we all remain safe while enjoying Halloween this year.”