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Things To Do This Halloween At Home

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I think we all know that Halloween 2020 is going to be a little different to what we are used to. With social distancing and lockdown restrictions being put in place, the usual Halloween celebrations such as parties and trick or treating will more than likely not be going ahead.

But that doesn’t mean they we can’t celebrate Halloween. We just need to embrace the changes and find different ways and things to do this Halloween at home!

The thought of not being able to arrange our usual get-togethers and going trick or treating has made not only myself but my boys sad too. They love getting dressed up and walking around our local neighbourhood trick or treating and looking at all of the Halloween decorated houses.

As a family we have decided that we still want to celebrate Halloween. So we’ve come up with these pretty awesome Things To Do This Halloween At Home


Decorate The House

This is something we would do regardless of the current situation. We don’t go ‘over the top’. Just nice and subtle. Dressing our living room windows with fake spiders webs, window stickers, pumpkins and the odd light up sign.

Carve Pumpkins

This is something we have only been doing for the last 5-6 years. It’s not something I ever did growing up as part of our Halloween traditions. We, as a family love sitting together and helping each other empty our pumpkins and carve them. I have to admit, pumpkin carving isn’t one of my strong points, but it’s still loads of fun. That’s what it’s all about, right?

Dress Up In Your Halloween Costumes

Now just because you aren’t going out to a party or trick or treating doesn’t mean you can’t dress up! Search through that dressing up box or design a halloween costume using a bin bag- this was my outfit every year!

Check out my Pinterest board for inspiration

Face Painting

We love face painting. A couple of my boys aren’t too keen on having their faces painted due to their sensory issues but I do have a couple that love it! I have to admit, I’m not fantastic at it, but it’s great fun to say the least. It’s especially good fun when you let the kids loose and let them paint your face!

Check out my Halloween Face Painting post and my Pinterest board for inspiration.

Have A Family Halloween Movie Day/Night

For the perfect Halloween at home, grab the duvets, blankets and cushion. Get yourself comfortable with some yummy snacks and treats. Snuggle up and watch some Family Friendly Halloween movies. Some of our favourites are

  • Hocus Pocus
  • Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Casper
  • Hotel Transylvania
  • The Addams Family
  • Goosebumps
  • Witches

See more on my Family Friendly Halloween Movie post.

Amazon video, Now TV and Netflix have a great variety of Halloween movies and programmes to watch together as a family.

Halloween Arts And Crafts

My must-go-to place for any arts, crafts and activities for my boys is Baker Ross. I love how they have the kits ready-made up as well as stocking everything you need! Get crafting and see what creepy crafty creations you can make as a family.

Right now Baker Ross has given me a code MUMMYROCKS15 to share with you all to gain 15% off your next order!

Check out my Halloween Craft Pinterest Board of inspiration.

Host an Online Party

Just because we can’t attend Halloween parties in person doesn’t mean that you can’t still have a Halloween Party! Like I said before, embrace the changes. Use software such as Zoom, Teams or Skype and arrange an online Halloween party complete with Halloween games, dressing up and activities.

Tell Scary Stories

This is something I used to love doing as a child, let my imagination run wild. I’m exactly the same with my own children. Encouraging them to use their imagination and make up their very own spooky stories. See who cn make up the scariest or the funniest stories.

Try Out Some Halloween Science Experiments

We were kindly gifted Ultimate Gross Science from John Adams. Which id full of gross science experiments, including how to make bouncing eye balls and how to make a skull vomit! But at least, on the plus side the kids will be getting in some STEM learning! CLICK HERE to read our review

Read Some Halloween Stories

Check Out My Post Featuring 9 Spook-tacular Books To Share With Your Kids This Halloween

Make Some Tasty Halloween Treats

You can’t celebrate Halloween at home with out making some Halloween treats to add to your Halloween fun! There’s so many ideas here on my Halloween Treats Pinterest board.

Set Up A Halloween Sensory Play Tray

We love sensory play. Not only is it beneficial for sensory input, but it keeps the kids entertained for hours. Let their imagination run away with them. They could make a witches brew or magic potion. Set up a sensory tray using died rice, cooked spaghetti, gloop and slime. Our favourite slime is from Zimpli Kids. Add utensils and Halloween items to add to the experience.

Here’s some of my favourite Halloween Sensory Supplies.

How Will You Be Celebrating Halloween At Home?

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