Ideas for a Fun, Pandemic-Safe Halloween

Celebrating Halloween while remaining safer at home? Here are some ideas.

No-Risk or Low-Risk Halloween Fun

  • Start the day with pumpkin spice coffee or make pumpkin pancakes for breakfast.
  • Decorate your home inside and/or out with lights and spooky decorations.
  • Plan a special Halloween dinner with a cheese fondue and pumpkin pie for dessert.
  • Enter a virtual pumpkin carving contest.
  • Play Halloween Bingo.
  • Mail Halloween greeting cards and/or care packages to loved ones.
  • Make Halloween crafts for kids.
  • Do a Halloween word search.
  • Read a Halloween story. This is one of my favorite ones.
  • Make jack o’lanterns and invite your friends to share their jack o’lantern creations on Facebook, Padlet or Zoom. Or enter a pumpkin carving contest!
  • Have an indoor (or outdoor) scavenger hunt with these free printables.
  • Watch “Ernest Scared Stupid” (Eartha Kitt co-stars as well as his dog, Rim Shot)
  • Leave a bowl of individually bagged candies outside your door for trick or treaters. Wash your hands for 20 seconds, minimum, before bagging candy.
  • Bake Halloween cookies or a pumpkin pie or make caramel apples.
  • Take a Fall walk; bring a camera.
  • Star gaze after dark; the full moon is a blue moon on Halloween this year.
  • Take a Spooky House car drive after dark.
  • Read or listen to a scary story (for adults). Here are 20 you can read online from O Magazine.
  • Decorate your table with black, orange and white candles and mini pumpkins, or similar decorations. And add some paper bats to the walls!
  • Watch your favorite spooky movie (or a new one). To make it social, have a watch party.
  • Color Halloween pictures (adult coloring).
  • Light a pumpkin-scented candle.
  • Turn out the lights and listen to a haunted house story.
  • Celebrated Samhain.

Moderate Risk Activities

(outdoors, with social distancing and masks)

  • Organize a neighborhood costume parade (with kids and/or dogs) with social distancing.
  • Visit an outdoor pumpkin patch.
  • Show a Halloween movie in your yard.
  • Go to a drive through Halloween scary attraction.
  • Take a cemetery tour or ghost tour.
  • Visit a drive-in movie theater.
  • Participate in a costumed fun-run.
  • Wear a Halloween-themed face mask when in public.
  • Set up a decorated table at the end of your driveway for trick or treaters to pick up candy with social distancing. This works best if you and your neighbors make it a planned effort. There are lots of ideas online for inspiration.

High Risk (not recommended)

  • Door-to-door trick or treating.
  • Not wearing masks.
  • Indoor Halloween parties.
  • Indoor Halloween houses.
  • Visiting movie theaters, bars or restaurants.
  • Screaming (spreads virus more than talking).

About Mary Fletcher Jones

Mary Fletcher Jones is a mom, teacher, and blogger. Her blogs include Autumn in Virginia, Cool Yule Blog and You Can't Make This Stuff Up, among others. She is also the creator of "Living Well With Autism," an online resource for caregivers of children, teens, and adults with autism and related special needs.
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