This year is a bit of a tricky year for sure!! We pandemic continues and many worry about Halloween and how that will be impacted by Social Distancing. I say – don’t cancel Halloween this year, but get inspiration for how to safely celebrate Halloween during the Covid 19! He may not be quite the same as your usual trick or treat, but you can still have fun and make it special with these Social Distancing Halloween Ideas. And of course there are always a ton of Halloween Crafts to make too.. but onto these Family Fun Halloween Activities.
I have put together a list of super fun Halloween Activities, that don’t actually involve Trick or Treating, but that still allows for candy and community spirit! So if you are looking for socially distant alternatives to Trick or Treating.. read on and be inspired. We are super excited by these activities and think that Halloween during the Coronavirus Pandemic will still be lots of fun!
Have a Window/ Wreath/ Porch Decorating Competition
Needless to say, this is an “obvious” on to do as your social distancing Halloween Ideas go…. In the US, most of you will already be decorating the front of your houses. Here in the UK, it is still becoming more of a “thing”. But this year, could be the year to go all out and see who can come up with the most elaborate decor. OR, if space is limited, or you don’t own a front garden, why not have a Wreath decorating or Door Decorating Competition?
- Check out our simple Paper Halloween Wreath
- More Wreath decorating ideas via Good Housekeeping
- My friend Amy from Living Locurto has some Halloween Door Decorating ideas!
Go on a Halloween Decoration Spotting Drive – perfect Social Distancing Activity
Linked to the above – but not necessarily “joined”… you can simply pack up the kids and go for a nice drive in the neighbourhood to see all the different decorations. That way, you are nice and warm and cozy and you can see all sorts a lot more! Maybe do the drive night before Halloween itself, so the roads are not so busy and you can really enjoy all the decor!
FREE Trick or Treating Signs to help manage expectations
It is TOTALLY up to you to decide what is and isn’t allowed in your community. In many areas Trick or Treating is likely to still be allowed, though you will need to make a choice for yourself. To help manage children’s expectations, we have two very simple trick or treating signs – “We are Trick or Treating” or “Sorry, No Trick or Treat”. This way you can still decorate, whilst maintaining clarity as to whether there will be treats or not! Grab your FREE Trick or Treating Signs here.
Organise a Halloween Window Letter Hunt (with prizes!)
I am super excited about this one, as it is a great way to involve the kids AND the local community. We did similar at Easter and it was so simple to organise and yet the kids loved it. Create a “word scramble”, by assigning letters to different neighbours. They decorate these letters, and put one in each of their windows to spell out a word.. the kids need to find the letters and unscramble the word. Find out more about our Halloween Window Letter Hunt here, as well as top tips for organising one and a copy of your letters to print and use!
Play Halloween Bingo/ Scavenger Hunt in the car or on a walk
Similar to the Halloween Decorations “drive by”, you can go on a Scavenger Hunt or Play Halloween Bingo. Go for a drive and see how many of “one kind” you can spot. Then take any of these Halloween Bingo Cards or Scavenger Hunt Printable (or try these or these) and tick the what you see off the list. Prizes can be awarded for each item found… as well as for completing the list first!
Free Halloween Cootie Catchers
Those with little one’s stuck indoors for self isolation.. I am super excited to share these Halloween Cootie Catchers for a client – it comes with “tokens” so you can cut those out hide them around the house and have an indoor Scavenger Treats Hunt. Hope it is of help! (Free download) – there is also a quiz version.
Organise a Halloween Treasure Hunt
Similarly, you can have lots of fun with a spooky Halloween Treasure Hunt! Write your own or make use of the plenty of the online resources available – such as these cards by Party Delights – which focusses your treasure hunt around the home. You can also organise one in the neighbourhood and involve your neighbours!
Make your own Halloween Pinata
Let’s be honest.. the point of ANY Trick Or Treating event is all about the sweets and candy! Right? My kids LIVE for the opportunity to be allowed to have lots of sweets… so whatever your low contact Halloween activities involve, maybe include a Halloween Pinata. We have this super fun and easy Post It Note Monster Pinata, some Mini Bat Pinatas and Mini Ghost Pinatas or you may want to have a go at making a traditional Papier Mache Pinata! We need to give this ago again, have great papier macher recipe and papier mache techniques for you here – perfect for making our sugar skull pinata! Or maybe make giant eyeballs!
Social Distancing Halloween – Have a Zoom Spooky Story Telling session
Love it or hate it, but Zoom calls, have saved our bacon many a item in the last few months. And Zoom is great for Halloween celebrations too. The great thing about zoom, is that the kids can still dress up and show off their costumes… and talk to their friends. Why not have a Halloween Bingo Session (as per the above) and follow it up with a Spooky Story Telling session? Make the stories as scary or non scary as you like – so long as they are age appropriate!!
Zoom Escape Room Session (dressed up)
Another of our Social Distancing Halloween Ideas, are online Escape Rooms. Great for older kids, you could have a go at a Halloween themed Online Escape Room Session. There are many available these days and it allows the tweens and teens to get together for Halloween fun. Here is a great list of Escape Rooms being offered online put together by The Independent. Here is agreat Harry Potter Escape Room available in a NUMBER of languages, would would make a great Halloween Themed Escape Room!
Haunted House Drive-Thru
Do check out what is going on locally! You may be lucky enough to have a local “Haunted House Drive-Thru” or Haunted Road Drive-Thru – some of these are springing up across America (wish we had one here in Blighty). What a fun idea. Here is an example of such an event! What a fun idea!
Join a Socially Distant Trunk or Treat Event
UPDATE: make sure any Trunk or Treat Event you attend is organised in a socially distance way… some readers have pointed out that events they have been to in the past have been quite crowded…….
What is a Trunk or Treat Event? “Originally started by church groups with the aim of providing a safer environment for trick-or-treaters on Halloween, trunk or treat involves a community coming together in a parking lot, either on the 31st or shortly before, so that children can trick-or-treat out of the decorated trunks of their cars.” Source: Huffington Post. The great thing about a trunk and treat event, is that you don’t have to go knocking on lots of doors (and handling doornobs and garden posts..), but you can have fun viewing people’s drunks and providing sweets in a sociall distant way.
- Trunk or Treat Ideas by Good Housekeeping
Have a Zoom Pumpkin Carving Party
I think this is something that we will be doing this year. Normally we get together with family and friends and have a pumpkin carving day. It involves making pumpkin soup (the kids can now cook this) and pumpkin risotto. We have also made some yummy pumpkin spice cake (like a carrot cake but with pumpkins.
The benefit of doing this by zoom, is that we can now “see” friends who are currently overseas and who we would have loved to do this with again this year.
BOO Your Neighbours
Princess Pinky Girl explains all about this lovely Community Tradition of boo-ing your neighbours. It is a super sweet way to share the candy around and have fun with your neighbours. You can either do it as a complete surprise, or organise it amongst a group of parents (don’t let the kids know, that you know… so there is still an element of surprise)… or organise it like a secret santa. I love this idea! Lots of boo your neighbours ideas and details at Princess Pinky Girl. Hop over now and read more! Our Mini Bat Pinatas would also be a fun way to boo your neighbours!
LOTS more Boo Your Neighbor Ideas and Printables here:
Host a Halloween Movie Night
And finally, if you still need one last idea.. why not host a Family Movie Night!! You can get the kids sewing cute cat cuddle cushions ahead of time and make some Halloween Pop Corn and candy treats trays.. afterall, Halloween is about over indulging on candy, right?
For grown ups – Zoom Cider Tasting
Finally, one for the grown ups. During the Spring Lockdown, our neighbours organised a Zoom Wine Tasting Sessions. They got hold of 4 miniature wine bottles, covered the labels and delivered them to our doors! Then a few nights later, we had an online wine tasting and wine quiz. So fun. You could do a similar session with Cider Tasting – making it a more autumnal event!
Have yourself a Halloween Science Afternoon
Or how about some fun science… it won’t feel like learning if you have a go at some of these fabulous Halloween Science ideas from Science Sparks!
Halloween Play Dough Activities for Toddlers
The fabulous Rainy Day Mum really is the queen of Toddler Activities… and this also also applies to Halloween Fun! So, if you have a little one in your care, why not give some of these super cute and spookily fun Playdough Activities and Mats a go? Bring Halloween indoors and make it fun fun fun!
I hope you find some alternative ideas to Trick or Treating here today, and wish you all very Happy and Safe Halloween!!
Halloween Scavenger Hunt Printables
October 6, 2020
Halloween is heading our way and we are looking for some fun Family Halloween Activities. This year, I think Halloween witll be a looking a little bit different due to Covid 19. Even if Trick or Treating is cancelled, we can still make Halloween lots of fun, with our special set of Social Distancing Halloween Activities, including our Free Halloween Scavenger Hunt Printables. There is a printable for older kids and preschoolers who can’t ready yet.
With the a Socially Distancing Halloween heading our way, I think it is really important NOT to Cancel Halloween during Covid 19, but to look at other ways to make it super fun for the kids. The kids are already giving up so much of their day to day normal life, that I think it would be a real shame to stop all Halloween activities too. In our local community, I am encouraging Halloween Decorating competitions, Boo Your Neighbour activities and we will also have a community led spooky letter hunt. You can read about all these activities in our special Covid 19 Halloween Activities for Families!Origami Ring DIY Easy Paper Ring.mp4×1.00
Having a Halloween Scavenger Hunt is super quick and easy to organise – you basically download my FREE Halloween Scavenger Hunt Printables and OFF YOU GO!!!! You can either play this inside your home, or by going outside and looking at people’s Halloween decorations. We won’t be trick or treating this year, but we WILL Be decorating for Halloween!
COMING SOON – Halloween Cootie Catcher Scavenger Hunt
Before you grab your printable below… just to let you know we have some GORGEOUS Halloween Cootie Catchers heading your way in the coming days. Choose from 3 versions –
- Halloween scavenger hunt (can be played indoors and combined with a candy hunt, as it also has some printables “tokens”)
- Halloween Quiz (for older kids, ready to read and learn)
- Haloween “blank” (to add your own quiz questions or Halloween Jokes – e.g. our FREE Ghost Jokes or Spider Jokes)
This year, they will be free for you to download.. so be sure to bookmark this page for updated links and grab your copies as soon as they become available!
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