Halloween At Home
Just a few days left until Halloween! What will you be doing this year? Although some states have different regulations for Halloween get-togethers and trick-or-treating, that doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate the spookiest day of the year! Here are some ideas for the whole family to get in the holiday spirit this October 31st.
1. Pumpkin carving
Get festive and decorate some pumpkins! Get out your knives and show off your carving skills to create amazing pieces of art like those of The Pumpkin Geek. Or, if you’ve got little ones who aren’t ready to yield sharp objects, why not paint your pumpkins? You can even get really crafty and use glitter, googley eyes, and pipe cleaners to make a spooky monster!
Don’t forget to save those pumpkin seeds for roasting! Check out this recipe from Inspired Tastes.
2. Movie marathon
No Halloween season is complete without the classics. No matter your age, there’s a spooky movie out there for you! For the scaredy cats and kiddos, watch Hocus Pocus, The Addams Family, or Nightmare Before Christmas! If you’ve got some teenagers in the house who are bitterly missing out on parties with their friends, why not indulge them in some PG-13 slashers like Night of The Living Dead, Halloween, or Nightmare on Elm Street?
For a comprehensive list of all the horror movies available on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, make sure to check out The Spooky Vegan’s blog.
3. Bake your heart out
Pumpkin lovers rejoice! There are SO many delicious recipes out there to get in the Fall mood. Include the kids for some fun in the kitchen and make some sweets like this Halloween Puppy Chow, or some Dirt & Worms Pudding Cups. Too many sweets in the house? You can also make a spooky lunch with some Mummy Dogs with a side of Witches’ Broom Pretzel Sticks.
For all the overworked moms and dads out there, why not whip up an Apple Cider Margarita while you’re in the kitchen, recipe courtesy of Spooky Little Halloween.
4. Game night
There are so many fun games with all the spooky vibes you want on a weekend of Halloween fun. Host your own Murder Mystery Party with your family, or keep it simple and play a few rounds of Clue. Get the competition going in Spider Races, or get some creativity flowing with Roll a Frankenstein.
5. Backyard candy hunt
I think every kid in the world will agree, there is nothing scarier than a Halloween without candy. Hide candy all over your yard and house, get the kids dressed up in their Halloween costumes, and let them go trick-or-treating right at home! You can even hide some tricks for them to find like fake spiders or plastic eyeballs.
6. Craft night
Maybe you’re not in the mood to get your hands in all the pumpkin goop this year, but that shouldn’t hold you back from getting crafty! You can make your own Halloween decorations, like this spider web made from a trash bag or these Halloween pennant banners for your mantle.
Kids will love making these cheesecloth ghosts! For the little ones, why not make a Halloween sensory bag? These are great for those little hands to squeeze and play with! Or keep it even simpler, and print out a Don’t Be A Monster coloring sheet.
7. DIY Pumpkin Patch Festival
If you’re looking to really WOW your family this year, why not do it all? You can make your own Pumpkin Patch Festival of fun in your own backyard. Carve pumpkins, bob for apples, whip up some spooky fair-food, run in the Mummy Race, and hunt for candy, all in costume! The sky is the limit this Halloween.
Halloween cannot be cancelled. Halloween is not just a day of the year, but a spirit that lives in our hearts. Don’t be discouraged if you can’t do your normal traditions this year. 2020 is all about finding new ways to connect with our dear ones while keeping our communities safe. If you do decide to celebrate with friends or family, please make sure to wear a mask, wash your hands, and follow CDC guidelines, but most importantly HAVE FUN and STAY POSITIVE! Happy Halloween!