If you’re a parent like I am, you’re probably wondering how to celebrate Halloween with kids in 2020. Due to COVID-19, most local Halloween events have been cancelled. And while some families will choose to wear masks and trick or treat, there are many who would prefer to stay on the safe side and keep their kids home this October 31st.
Halloween isn’t doomed. All you have to do is get a little creative. Which is why I’ve put together this list of fun, family-friendly ways to celebrate Halloween at home this year.
- Make a spook-a-licious Halloween treat. It wouldn’t be Halloween without some kind of treat, whether it’s candy or something homemade. For extra fun, invite your kids to get creative in the kitchen with you.
- Play dress-up at home. Encourage your kids to dress-up in their costumes and play pretend. (It probably won’t take too much convincing). Bonus: Make it a family affair!
- Have a Halloween movie marathon. Watch Hocus Pocus and The Nightmare Before Christmas on Disney+ or It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown on Amazon Prime. For a full list of free, family-friendly Halloween movie and show offerings, click here.
- Get crafty. If your kids are anything like mine, they love to get crafty and let their creative side shine through. Want to make some gooey, green slime? There’s a craft for that. How about a haunted house? There’s a craft for that. Or perhaps some spooky garland? You guessed it. Check out my favorite Halloween crafts here.
- Build a candy chute. If you haven’t already seen this one on Pinterest, you’ve got to check it out. It’s a genius (and contactless) way to give trick or treaters what they’re after. Your kids will have fun building it with you and chuting out the candy!
- Hide candy around your home for your kids to find. Who doesn’t love a good scavenger hunt? Especially one that involves candy! My hair stylist mentioned that she would be doing this with her girls, and I thought it was such a great idea that I decided to add it to the list.
- Make it a family game night. If nothing else, a Halloween spent indoors is the perfect opportunity to spend time together as a family. Whether it’s Pin the Spider on the Web, Halloween Bingo or Clue (for older kids), your children are sure to be delighted.
Who knows, this could just be your best (and most memorable) Halloween yet!
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