BLOGTOBER Day 29: Ideas for a fun, COVID-secure Halloween

This entire year has been a bit of a disaster. Mother’s Day was cancelled, Easter was cancelled, Father’s Day was cancelled and it’s looking more and more likely that Christmas will not be going ahead the way we’re used to, either.

With that in mind, today I thought I’d share five ideas for great ways to have fun this Halloween, while staying COVID-secure.

Costume party video call

Just because you aren’t allowed to meet up with all of your friends, it doesn’t mean that you can’t still see them all. Get your best spooky costume on, hop onto Skype, FaceTime or Zoom, call everyone up and have a wonderful time!

Why not make it a competition and choose a prize for the best costume, or combine it with a fun night of quizzing with Kahoot? The possibilities are endless, you’ll be able to see more friends than legally permitted and you won’t even have to leave your house so you’ll stay nice and toasty warm. Sounds like a win to me.

Family film night

Every year on Halloween Sean and I host a Halloween film night at our house, so we are going to really miss inviting all of our friends over and watching animated children’s films. However, we’re still going to have our own film night with our little ones: Hotel Transylvania, Frankenweenie and The Nightmare Before Christmas are already lined up and ready to go.

Why not make a group chat with your friends via Discord or Messenger, choose some films and all hit play at the same time? That way you can watch the films alone together, so you’ll still get to experience lots of funny commentary.

Pumpkin picking & carving

From what I can gather, all of the pumpkin patches in our local area have had to ensure they’re COVID-secure before they’ve been allowed to open, so this one is a nice outdoor event to take part in that will definitely be safe.

Often you have to pay an entry charge to visit a pumpkin patch then you also pay for your pumpkin at the end of it, so you’ll need to check out the rules of your local patch to make sure you’re taking the correct method of payment. Most patches seem to be taking card or contactless payment only, so be prepared!

Once you’ve gotten your pumpkin home, be sure to have a lot of fun carving it. I’ve only ever carved one pumpkin in my life, so I have some catching up to do!

Pumpkin trail

Instead of trick-or-treating, this year a lot of areas are setting up pumpkin trails. Some of these are more formally organised, with maps and a list of places where you can visit to see pumpkins, while others are more casual. It’s worth checking out the community Facebook group for the area where you live, as this is likely to provide the most up-to-date information about what Halloween plans are going on near you.

The village where my parents live has organised a very long pumpkin trail, so we’re looking forward to dressing up our little ones and driving over there to check them all out. With the rules being that you can either carve, paint or otherwise decorate your pumpkins (and your house!) I think it’s going to be very fun to see how creative everyone has gotten.

Trick-or-treat hunt

If your little ones are missing trick-or-treating because they want to gather lots of sweets as quickly as possible, why not set up a trick-or-treat hunt for them? Hide sweets around your house and garden and let your children race around collecting them – it’ll occupy them for half an hour or so and give you a chance to get a bit of a break, and they’ll still get to have some sweets!

Why not combine this with a few other Halloween traditions? Set up an apple bobbing station, make some toffee apples or hang some doughnuts on strings and have a night jam-packed with fun.

I hope these five COVID-secure Halloween ideas have helped you feel more comfortable about celebrating the spooky holiday in this strange old year. Halloween is my favourite holiday of the entire year, so there was no possibility of it being cancelled in my house!

See you tomorrow,