Halloween may need to be at home this year, but it doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate!
Go ahead and put on your costumes, paint your faces, and host a virtual party!
Or…cuddle up and watch scary movies together: Here is a list of scary movies for kids that “aren’t traumatizing”: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/entertainment/g28038087/best-scary-movies-for-kids/
Decorate your place with spooky crafts: Carving pumpkins is always fun, but Good Housekeeping has this awesome list of fun and easy crafts you can do at home with your kids, including a gingerbread haunted house, pumpkin “stress” balls, and super cute bat or cat garlands: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/halloween-ideas/g22062770/halloween-crafts-for-kids/
Make your own spooky shadow puppets and put on a show: https://www.aliceandlois.com/halloween-shadow-puppets-with-free-printable/
You can have a spooky dinner party with weird and creepy food. Here are a few ideas for Halloween recipes:
This list is all vegan. It is mostly sweet stuff, but the taco cups look awesome: https://thegreenloot.com/vegan-halloween-treats-snacks/
Or you could make Jack-o-lantern stuffed peppers: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/healthy-halloween-stuffed-peppers
Or Spaghetti with Eyeballs: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/eyeball-pasta (see Featured Image)
Another idea is to have a dinner where everything is made from pumpkin. Check out these chicken, black bean and pumpkin enchiladas: https://www.ambitiouskitchen.com/spicy-black-bean-chicken-enchiladas-with-pumpkin-sour-cream-sauce/
If you have enough space, you can build a haunted maze the kids have to crawl through by pushing some tables together and building the walls from cardboard: Put some LED candles and strange textured objects like fake spider webs and noodles in the maze, play spooky music and be sure to cut some holes in the side walls so you can grab them as they crawl through! If you don’t have enough room for a maze, you can just make a spooky “fort” they can hide in.
Have a Halloween dance party, candy scavenger hunt, and play Halloween games like bobbing for apples or Halloween Bingo: You can download this bingo full-color set from Artsy Fartsy Mama Here: https://www.artsyfartsymama.com/2011/10/halloween-bingo-free-printable.html
You can wrap each other up in toilet paper (if you can spare some!) to make yourselves mummies and if you have enough people, you can toss a ball of yarn around in a circle to make a giant tangled spider web!
Try a tarot card, tea leaves or palm reading. You can look up instructions online if you don’t know how.
Here are some basics for palm reading: https://laurenconrad.com/blog/2016/10/hocus-pocus-the-easy-guide-to-palm-reading-101/
Here are some basic instructions for tarot: https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-18172/how-to-do-a-basic-tarot-reading-for-yourself-or-a-friend.html
Here are 12 tips on reading Tarot for kids (for example, you should keep it positive and may want to get a child-friendly deck)
This video by HiHo Kids is adorable and shows kids getting tarot readings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSr2DDLiYbI
Have fun, be safe, and have a happy Halloween!