Halloween Fun In The Year of COVID
Hi, friends! With Halloween just around the corner, I felt compelled to share some ideas that will not only feed your need for Halloween fun, but will also address developmental, social, and creative skills, while providing socially-distanced alternatives.
I must admit—there is likely no bigger fan of Halloween than myself. In fact, I have spent much of my life lamenting the fact that I was born LATE, and not on my due date, which was, in fact, Halloween.
All lamentations aside, I have embraced the Spooky Season as my favorite of all the holidays. I deck out my home every year, pass out tons of candy, and never—and I mean, NEVER—go without my trusty witch hat!
This year has been no exception, as I have decorated my mantle, created my own laboratory of potions, and other fall-themed decorations for my home. So, without further ado, here are some fun activities that you can do with your own families, all while staying safe!
1. Potion Bottles
Find some old glass or plastic bottles. Fill with water, simple syrup, or any other clear liquid. Add some food coloring, and voila! Your own spooky laboratory!!
2. Boo! Kits
Find some small bags, buckets, or other small containers. Decorate, if you wish, using markers, stickers, glitter, etc. Fill with small toys/candy, and leave on the porches of your friends/neighbors. Make sure to leave a card letting them know they’ve been BOO-ed!!
3. DIY Costumes
Just because you may not be going trick-or-treating, it doesn’t mean you can’t dress up! Find some old clothes that no longer fit, have stains/tears, and you have an easy “zombie” costume. Add drops of red food coloring for blood. Mom’s black eyeliner makes for some great dark eye circles. Get creative and see what you can make with the things you already have at home!
4. Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Hide fun treats or small prizes inside your home and on your property. Write up clues or draw a map for your little ones to follow, and have fun! Add a timer to increase the fun!
5. Family Movie Night
Build a blanket fort in your living room or den. Pop popcorn. Make s’mores. Turn on the tube and watch your favorite Halloween movies! (Hocus Pocus, anyone??)
No matter what you and your family decide to do this year, I hope you make it special. Rather than focus on what makes this year “bad”, let’s create—and celebrate—new traditions! Stay safe, and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!