It’s the year of the pivot, right? There are so many things we’ve had to change BUT rather than give up on yet another activity, let’s get creative! There are a number of ways to keep Halloween alive this year. These ideas can be for just your family (or even your quaranteam!) Just remember, donning costumes always makes for a fun filled Halloween no matter WHAT you’re doing!
- Family Night: Everyone dress up, enjoy a fun dinner in the living room with a movie rolling.
- Haunted House: Turn your house into a (kid-friendly) haunted house. Bonus points for a fog machine.
- Trick-or-Treat Your House: Hide candy all over your house for your littles to find.
- Scavenger Hunt: go on a scavenger hunt adventure for Halloween related items around your neighborhood. Check out Pinterest for some great free downloads.
- Virtual Costume Party: Decorate your living room, get everyone in costume and call all of your friends and family for a video call.
- Walk-by Parties: If you’re comfortable with going outside and keeping distance from your drive-way try this! Set up a table at the end of your drive way with candy or treats, then hang out on your drive way. You can still interact with neighbors but keep everyone at a comfortable distance. Bonus points: Add a theme. Our family is dressing up as a football family, so we’re making it a tailgate party.
- Outdoor Movie Night: String some lights, bring out all the sleeping bags and blankets, and cozy up beneath the stars for a movie night outside!
- Pumpkin Carving/Painting Contest: Outdoors of course, but isn’t it always better to keep the mess outside? And planting each kid on a large square of newsprint or craft paper gives them very obvious social distancing guidelines.
- Costume Parade: March your kids proudly around the neighborhood to show off their costumes. A thermos of hot chocolate and Halloween treat bags at the end always makes for a festive atmosphere.
- At-home Party with Your Bubble: Have a small group of people you’ve been quaran-teaming with? Have them over, wear your masks and enjoy some social distancing fun!
- Planning to go out and trick-or-treat? Use these guidelines to make it extra safe:
- Find a costume that includes a mask and gloves (hey – it IS Minnesota, but rumors say it might be 50 degrees so we may not need our winter gear – woo hoo!).
- Wash your hands before you eat candy (so really…this probably shouldn’t be just a 2020 rule).
Whatever you do, we hope you enjoy it! This year has held a lot of loss, but this is still a day we can have FUN – Happy Halloween!