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How to have a fun and safe Halloween at home

How to have a fun and safe Halloween at home

October is a highly favoured month for many people, especially those who love autumn and Halloween! But if you’re sad about not being able to celebrate this year, have no fear because we have some spooktacular ideas for you to have a fun and safe Halloween at home.

Coronavirus has interrupted many of our annual traditions and it’s about to take over Halloween. There are lots of doubts over whether trick or treating is safe for kids this year, but the good news is, there are plenty of fun and covid-safe Halloween activities you can try instead!

Pumpkin picking

Visit your local pumpkin patch and pick your own pumpkins with the family. Pumpkin picking is becoming a popular Halloween activity. It provides a fun-filled afternoon for families, slipping around in the mud with a wheelbarrow, being outside in the fresh air and searching for the perfect pumpkin for your jack-o’-lantern!

Pumpkin picking

Apple bobbing

Go back to basics this year with a game of apple bobbing! Show your little monsters the traditional way of celebrating Halloween with this classic party game. Apple bobbing is fun for the whole family and only requires three items, apples, water and a large basin. The rules are simple, try to catch the apples bobbing on the water with nothing but your teeth.

Get crafty

Create your own Halloween decorations for the house ready for your spooky evening at home with the family, or prepare some scary snacks ready for your movie night! For inspiration, check out these Halloween sweets and treats from spooky punch to fang-tastic teeth.

Halloween crafts

Horror movie marathon

Halloween is the best time to watch a good old horror film with the family and there are plenty to choose from including classics like Friday the 13th and Halloween, or family favourites including Hocus Pocus and Ghostbusters.

Create your own home theatre in your own living room and spend some quality time with the family. Spread out a bunch of cushions and blankets, but don’t forget the snacks!

The doughnut game

Don’t ask how this one is a Halloween game, it’s another one of those traditional party games typically played at Halloween. This game is fun for the whole family, plus you get to eat yummy doughnuts as a treat! Tie some string through a jam doughnut and hang it from the ceiling, you then have to eat it with your hands behind your back!

Doughnuts on a string

Host a virtual costume contest

A Halloween party isn’t complete without a costume contest, but with the current restrictions in place, this doesn’t look likely this year. But thanks to the likes of zoom, skype and teams, you can still hang out with all your friends virtually and host your own costume contest from the comfort of your own home.

Go on a pumpkin walk

During lockdown, many families used their daily form of exercise to walk around their neighbourhoods spotting the rainbows in their windows. This Halloween, why not dress up and count all the decorated houses and admire everyone’s pumpkin carving skills? Let’s face it, who doesn’t love an evening autumnal walk!

Halloween neighbourhood

Have a Halloween scavenger hunt

Arrange a Halloween-style scavenger hunt for your kids around the house. There are lots of printable rules and clues online and it will provide hours of amusement for your kids while keeping them safe at home, plus be able to find a few tricks and treats along the way!

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