How to Celebrate Halloween at Home

Saturday, October 24, 2020

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Last year, I celebrated Halloween on a couple occasions. I attended a themed bar crawl in my college town because it overlapped with Homecoming weekend. I also went to a friend’s Halloween party in Saint Louis. I was pumped to wear two different costumes. This year, I don’t know exactly what my Halloween night will look like but it definitely won’t involve a party. In this post I’m sharing a few easy ways to cultivate Halloween spirit from the comfort of your own way. The CDC also has great resources outlining the risks associated with different Halloween activities. I love their suggestion to create a scavenger hunt at home if you have kids that are bummed about trick-or-treating!

Bake Festive Treats

Trick or Treating was one of my favorite ways to celebrate Halloween as a child, but growing up doesn’t mean I’ve curbed my sweet tooth. Break out the pumpkin spice and preheat your oven. Pinterest is, of course, packed with tasty fall recipes. So far, I’ve been loving pumpkin spice snickerdoodle cookies and pumpkin bread with chocolate chips. Bake something new or use a tried and true family recipe. Youcan always grab the classic Pillsbury sugar cookies if you’re looking for a fast and easy snack. Then head to your favorite grocery store for all that discounted candy on November 1st!


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Carve Pumpkins

After visiting a local Pumpkin Patch, bring those pumpkins home and start decorating. Grocery stores also usually have plenty of pumpkins if you don’t want to venture out to a pumpkin patch. Get creative at home and make pumpkin carving a fun activity with people you live with or whoever is in your “quarantine crew.” If you’re not confident in your freehanding skills, there are literally thousands of templates online. From classic Jack-0-Lantern faces to more intricate designs, you’ll definitely find what you’re looking for with a simple Google search. Pinterest is also full of inspiration for carving or painting pumpkins. Check out my Autumn board here.

Halloween Movie Night

Catch up on Freeform’s 31 Nights of Halloween or throw on your favorite spooky (or not so spooky) movie. I don’t like horror, so here’s a list of some of my favorite family friendly Halloween movies:

  • Halloweentown (and the sequel!)
  • Monster House
  • Twitches
  • The Addams Family (1991)
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Coraline (okay this one scared me as a kid)
  • The Haunted Mansion
  • Hocus Pocus
  • Casper

Host a Virtual Get Together

I got used to seeing people over Zoom or FaceTime this spring. Send out a fun invitation with a Zoom link and celebrate Halloween digitally. You can stay home and still be social! Don't run the risk of attending a big in-person party or going out. Play a fun virtual game, like one of the Jack Box Party Packs, Among Us or even stream a spooky movie. You can all dress up at home to make it feel more festive!

How are you celebrating Halloween this year?


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