From new ways of trick-or-treating ideas to spook-tacular treats and sweets, we’ve rounded up 10 ways to celebrate a fa-boo-lous and safe Halloween this year!
1. Trick or Treat! 🎃
If you live in the Chicago area check out the fun twist our friends at the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce are putting on their annual Halloween Trick or Treat event. This year, they’ve teamed up with local businesses (including us!) and put together a Halloween Kids Activity Kit, Costume Photo Session and a Jack-O-Lantern Scavenger Hunt. Celebrate Halloween with these fun socially distanced programs. Click here to learn more about all of the activities.
Photo: Lakeview Chamber of Commerce
2. Boo-ing 👻
Think Secret Santa but Halloween. A festive and socially distanced activity - gather a group of friends or family, draw names (digitally!) or have someone assign at random. Now, on to the boo-ing! Put together a gift package and decorate the front door/porch/entryway of the person that you were assigned within a time frame the group agrees upon. Once the boo-ing is complete everyone has to guess who had a ghoulishly good time decorating each other’s homes. If you’re looking for some gift basket inspiration or a theme for your decorating, Good Housekeeping shares 25 spooky basket ideas for both children and grown-ups.
3. Character Costume Challenge
Your kids may not be showing their costume off in public, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a costume contest at home. Time to pull out the old costume and dress-up box! Empower your girls and encourage them that they can be anything! Explore different options from your girl’s favorite book, movie or TV show, her hero, favorite athlete, her dream profession… let her imagination run wild. Looking for more inspiration? Check out these fun DIY costumes via Primary.
When it comes to recreating looks and playing dress-up it may be a good time to discuss stereotypes with their costume choices. Learn more about tips and guidelines from ADL that address potential issues like cultural appropriation, cultural stereotypes, and costumes that marginalize those who don’t conform to traditional gender norms.
4. Pumpkin Art
Both traditional and fun, carving pumpkins is a staple Halloween activity. If you have littles or if you’d prefer not to carve, draw or paint on your pumpkins instead. Top it off by putting your work on display and take a socially distanced stroll through the neighborhood to enjoy the Halloween decorations.
5. Monster Mash
Halloween dance party! Using your favorite music app let your kids put together the ultimate Halloween weekend playlist. Cue it up during your spooky dinner or bake night or have a monster mash dance break during your costume challenge.
6. Haunted House
Who doesn’t love a haunted house? Create your very own haunted house (aka pillow fort) right in your home. If you have space, set it up for the whole weekend to create the best seat in the house for a Halloween movie night. Grab your pillows, blankets, popcorn and spooky treats (next up! ⬇) and find just the film for the whole family with Parent’s list of the top 21 classic movies.
7. Spooky Treats and Sweets 🎂
When you think of Halloween it’s hard not to think of candy… and all of the other scary good desserts. Instead of trick or treating, make your own treats this year. Whip up a batch of cookie bat cupcakes or skeleton cookies and feast on your creepy treats! Check out these 60 (yes, 60! 😱) frighteningly good dessert recipes from Good Housekeeping.
Photo: Mike Garten for Good Housekeeping
8. Game Night
Endless options and endless amounts of fun! Find a Halloween-themed BINGO sheet like these free printable cards featured on The Spruce or break out your favorite classic board games and have treat bags for prizes. Bonus, turn on the monster mash playlist you just made to keep the party going!
Photo: Cute Halloween Bingo Cards from Fun Squared
9. DIY Decor & STEM
Squishy, slimy, creepy...keep your kids entertained with crafty Halloween DIY projects and STEM and math activities. From making paper spider webs to pumpkin slime, Parents shares a list of easy at home activities for all ages: https://www.parents.com/holiday/halloween/games/halloween-activities-for-kids-you-can-do-at-home/
Photo: I HEART ARTS N CRAFTS
If you’re in Chicago, check out WE Events Chicago. From craft kits to festive balloon creations, their team can help you celebrate Halloween safely from home.
10. S’Mores and more!
Not exactly a Halloween activity but rather the perfect fall night. If the weather allows, set up blankets and chairs for the ultimate autumn evening - make a batch of apple cider, roast s’mores over a firepit and tell campfire stories for a touch of Halloween.You could even setup a socially distanced outdoor movie night.
If you live in the Chicago area and you’re looking for more information on the Halloween rules in the city, check out this article from the Chicago Tribune. Have a happy and safe Halloween!