Updated: Oct 19, 2020
Halloween isn't cancelled!
Although trick or treating and Halloween parties aren't on the cards this year thanks to Covid, there's still plenty of spooky fun to be had. With safety in mind and social distancing in place, here are a few ideas for family celebrations this Halloween...
1. A Spooky Movie Night
My kids are HUGE fans of "movie night" and love to snuggle up on the sofa with a good film and some popcorn. It's super easy to add a Halloween spin to this. Make scary witches' warts by coating popcorn with green icing sugar (blend the sugar with green liquid food colouring) and baking in the oven. Serve with "potion" (apple juice with a little cinnamon mixed in - add a straw and my kids think it's a cocktail!)
For the film, I'd go with Hocus Pocus (available on Disney + or DVD) but we'll be doing this more than once to fit in a few favourites and hide away from the rainy weather. You can see more of my Halloween film recommendations here.
2. Decorate the House
Who cares if no-one else will be around to see it, we will get to enjoy the fruits of our labour and I LOVE Halloween décor! The twins are SO excited to join in with this, especially since I got the decorations down from the attic. We're going full on spook-tastic this year and doing it Christmas style in that we're having the decorations up for at least 2 weeks, not just one day (far too much effort involved for so little time IMHO). I've pinned LOADS of ideas on Pinterest.
3. Make a Halloween Tree
I've done a Halloween tree for a few years now, I use a black glittery one like this which we decorate with spooky pumpkin decorations from Home Sense. You can also get cute little black or orange baubles or make your own!
4. Bake & Decorate Halloween Biscuits
We'll be doing this at the weekend, I'm thinking ghosts and maybe Jack Skellington! Simple but effective, you can find more inspiration on Pinterest.
5. Have a Halloween Feast
Get the family dressed up for dinner and lay the table with a Spooky Halloween spread.
There are so many creative ways to dress up the table too and create deliciously devilish foods. Below are some of my favourites I've made before, all of which you can find the inspiration for and recipes on my Halloween Pinterest board.
Intoxicated Worms (vodka jelly, leave out the vodka for kids)
Fresh Bloody Brain (pink blancmange with raspberry coulis)
Pumpkin Pies (not real pumpkin pies but mince pies which look like pumpkins because who doesn't love mince pies?!)
Witches' Eyeballs (Babybel cheese & olive slices)
Caramelised Rat Brains (salted caramel popcorn)
Cured Epidermis (baked prosciutto)
Jellied Zombie Brain (jelly made in the brain mould)
Witch's brew with shrunken heads (hot spiced cider with carved apples - non-alcoholic for the kids)
6. Organise a Glowing Halloween Hunt
Since trick or treating is off the cards, why not take some inspiration from Easter and throw a Halloween Treat Hunt?
Pop mini glow sticks in to toilet roll tubes with spooky eyes cut out and hide treats inside before hiding around the garden. You can add some extra spookiness by decorating the garden for Halloween with inflatable eyeballs hidden in hedges and even a full grown skeleton (ours is called Henry and was a Costco bargain many years ago)!
7. Pumpkin picking & Pumpkin Carving
There are lots of local Pumpkin farms offering PYO options these days in the UK. We've been to Tulleys Farm twice now - this year they've made a much bigger thing out of it and are charging £3-£5 entry with food vans and lots of photo opportunities set up. You can read more about our afternoon here.
We've also had a good time at Sharnfold Farm before and might head there for some more Pumpkin fun this weekend!
For the carving, go simple and traditional or something more complicated or different. I've pinned around 50 ideas to my Halloween Pumpkins Pinterest board to help inspire you!