Two little girls dressed in Halloween costumes holding up Day of the Dead masks.

Fun At-Home Halloween Activities

by Rebecca Norris

Spooky season is upon us and, even though COVID-19 vaccines have been widely distributed to adults, children under 12 (and their parents) have yet to experience the peace of mind of being vaxxed. Because of this, many parents are planning to continue their social distancing as Halloween approaches, which can be extremely disheartening for little ones. But here’s the thing: With fun at-home Halloween activities, staying in on All Hallows’ Eve doesn’t have to be a drag. In fact, many times, it can be even more satisfying than strolling from house to house, enduring the cold as you do so.

With that in mind, we’re here to help you have a wildly entertaining at-home Halloween. Ahead, uncover seven easy ways to make staying in more fun than any child could imagine.

  1. Throw a costume party.

Who said you have to parade around your neighborhood to wear your favorite costume? Even if you’re staying at home, you can slip into this year’s get-up to keep one of the most exciting parts of Halloween alive. The best part? Since you won’t be heading out for the evening, you won’t have to worry about layering your little one for the chilly temperatures outside. In that way, not only is this a safe way to celebrate Halloween at-home, but a more comfortable one, too. 

  1. Have a haunted gingerbread house competition.

Gingerbread houses aren’t only for Christmas! Nowadays, you can find pre-packaged cookie house kits both in store and online, and for a variety of holidays. Whether you choose to build one as a family or have a little competition of who can get the most creative with their build, the kits below are a great place to start.

 

 

(Psst: Trader Joe’s is said to have a pretty fun one, too! Same with Target. Though, both have to be purchased in-store.) 

  1. Host a cozy Halloween movie marathon.

Is there anything more cozy than a dimly-lit movie marathon at home, where all the tasty treats (and restrooms) are easily within reach? We don’t think so. That said, whether you’re planning to watch a single movie at night or spend the whole day lounging around (Halloween is on a Sunday this year, after all), you can’t go wrong with the titles below.

  • Hocus Pocus (available to stream on Disney+ and Hulu)
  • The Addams Family (available to stream on Hulu)
  • The Witches (available to stream on HBO Max Original)
  • Halloweentown (available to stream on Disney+ and Hulu)
  • Halloweentown II (available to stream on Disney+)
  • Casper (available to stream on Amazon Video)
  • Double Double Toil and Trouble (available to stream on Hulu)
  • Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride (available to stream on Hulu) 

And, if you need a little inspiration as to how to set up your movie night, look no further than blogger Noelle Downing’s dreamy set-up.

  1. Bake some scary-good Halloween treats.

Pinterest is your best friend for holiday baking ideas—especially for Halloween. Whether you’re in the mood for cupcakes, cookies, fudge, jello, or any sweet dish in between, the app will guide you to some pretty incredible (and ghoulishly good-looking) recipes. Of course, if you prefer easy-but-cute Halloween dessert ideas, you can’t go wrong with classic pumpkin-themed Rice Krispies treats. (FYI: There’s a kit to make the process even easier!)

  1. Cook a Halloween-themed meal.

Of course, if you want to go beyond a Halloween-themed dessert, Pinterest also has tons of great appetizer and entrees ideas, too. Check out a few savory picks, below.

  1. Tell scary stories.

Depending on your little ones’ tolerance of scary stories, busting out Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is always a frighteningly fun idea. Have a firepit outback? Take your storytelling adventure outside to make it even spookier. 

  1. Go on a Halloween scavenger hunt.

Last but not least, if your kiddos aren’t big on staying home, you can go out while still maintaining your distance. The trick? Put together a Halloween scavenger hunt. Nowadays, so many people decorate for Halloween that you and your family can drive around from neighborhood to neighborhood (with seasonal snacks in tow), to try to check items off your list.

Need help thinking of a scavenger list? Pinterest has a bunch of fun templates

No matter how you spend your Halloween, here’s hoping it’s as happy as can be!

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