Candy Scavenger Hunts, Spooky Movies, and More Ways to Celebrate Halloween at Home With Your Family
Even if your family isn't fully ready to get back out there quite so publicly this October, there are still tons of ways to make the spooky holiday special for your kids while staying mostly — or completely — at home.
From pumpkin-decorating contests and scary movie marathons to trick-or-treating scavenger hunts, there are so many activities your family can do together leading up to and on Oct. 31. Scroll through some of our favorite ideas for at-home Halloween fun with your little boos.
Have a Family Halloween Party
Even if you're only two people, a party is a party! Get out the decorations, make all of the themed snacks and drinks, turn up "Monster Mash," and dance in your costumes.
Trick-or-Treat at Home
Whether in the yard or inside the house, hide wrapped candies all over the place and set your kids loose with their trick-or-treat buckets. Don't forget to hide some of the candies you like, because the parent candy tax is more important than ever this year!
Decorate Halloween-Themed Cookies
Get some ghost, cat, and pumpkin cookie cutters and bake your favorite recipe, then let the kids go nuts with the frosting and sprinkles once they're cooled off. Or, if store-bought is more your jam, grab one of these already baked haunted house cookie kits and have your kids create personalized masterpieces. Then, display them in the kitchen so they're readily available for munching!
Design a Halloween Snack Board
Whether sweet or savory — or both! — snack boards are the most fun current trend to get in on, especially during the spooky season. Create a Halloween-themed charcuterie board with your kids' faovrite meats, cheeses, crackers, and more; or create a sugary candy board and pick at it during a movie as a treat!
Have a Spooky Movie Marathon
Cuddle up on the couch with snacks (read: Design a Halloween Snack Board) and blankets, and queue up some of your family's favorite spooky — and not-so-spooky! — Halloween movies. You can also check your local listings to see if anywhere near you is hosting a drive-in Halloween movie event. If so, cozy up the car, dress up in matching Halloween pajamas, and bring your own themed snacks!
Create a Halloween Scavenger Hunt
One-up in-home trick-or-treating with a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt. Write out clues and place them all around the house, starting your kids off with the first clue that eventually leads up to a grand prize at the end. The prize could be candy, another fun treat, a new Halloween book, or anything else that your kids would enjoy.
Host a Pumpkin Decorating Contest
Get out the paints, carving supplies, decorating kits, and — if you're feeling daring — the glitter. Spend some time decorating pumpkins with your kids and host an anonymous vote afterwards for the best pumpkin; winner gets a prize! Too much competition? Forget the vote and take fun photos of each family member with their pumpkin instead.
Host a Drive-by or Sidewalk Costume Parade
Organize a costume parade with your neighbors or close friends — one that doesn't involve congregating! Dress the kids up and hop in the car, and follow a predetermined map of houses of neighbors or friends so that everyone can see each other's costumes. Or, if you have a smaller group, you could have all of the kids mask up and stand in a line down the sidewalk or along a big yard, then one family at a time can walk around from a distance, looking at everyone's costumes.
Have a Virtual Halloween Party
Invite all of your family's friends for a virtual Halloween party. Show off costumes, have everyone make a Halloween-themed treat to enjoy "together," play a fun game, vote for the best costume — there are so many possibilities, and it'll all be fun! You could also do a virtual movie viewing with just a few of your kids' friends in which you start the movie at the same time and let the kids chat through it while on the call.