A guide to celebrating Halloween during a pandemic
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Fall is literally my favorite time of year. I remember growing up in Southwestern Michigan, watching all the leaves turning dark reds and bright yellows. The taste of fresh-pressed apple cider from our local orchards. The feel of crisp cool breeze with the slight scent of the lake intertwined with it.
Celebrating Halloween during Covid means missing out on so many traditions. For us, we will miss our annual pumpkin patch adventure and trick or treating.
This just means we will need to create our own Halloween fun at home. 🙂
Being seven months pregnant, I must say, I am secretly thrilled to forgo taking the older kids trick or treating and pretty pumped to create new traditions.
Candy Scavenger Hunt:
In lieu of trick or treating, we are taking a page from our Easter festivities and having a candy scavenger hunt! Halloween isn’t the same without some sweet treats.
We purchased these cute Halloween eggs to scatter about the yard and these Halloween treat pumpkins to hang in the bushes.
We will also have these not so horrible sugary treats available throughout the season:
Have a Movie Night
Break out the pop-corn and comfy jammies. Here’s a list of kid-friendly Halloween themed movies:
Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie Age 3+
Halloweentown Age 7+
Hocus Pocus Age 10+
Spookley: The Square Pumpkin Age 3+
Room on the Broom Age 3+
Toy Story of Terror! Compilation Age 6+
Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest Age 3+
Hotel Transylvania Age 7+
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown Age 6+
The Adventures of Ichabod And Mr. Toad Age 6+
Labyrinth Age 8+
E.T.,The Extra-Terrestrial Age 7+
Make a Treat
Since it’s Halloween we will indulge in some candy, but we will also have serval healthy sweet treats available:
Banana Ghost: Bananas cut in half with mini chocolate chips for eyes
Big Mouth Apples: 1 apple cut in 1/4’s, carve out a mouth, spread peanut butter in the opening, add a slice of strawberry for the tongue, “glue” the chocolate chips with either peanut butter or melted chocolate
Mummy Strawberries: Drizzle strawberries with melted chocolate, add mini chocolate chips for the eyes
Have a Pumpkin Decorating Party
Grab some pumpkins, paint and whatever else you desire and get creative! We purchased white pumpkins from HobbyLobby. These were perfect since we can use them next year. Plus, there’s no need to worry about them rotting. 🙂
You can of course carve pumpkins too! Try one of these unique stencils this year.
Don’t let the pandemic steal your fun! I hope this sparked some fun and creative ideas for you and your family to enjoy Halloween safe at home.