Halloween activities — COVID-safe alternatives to trick-or-treating

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With continuing lockdown measurements and restrictions in place, this year’s Halloween festivities might be a little bit different. 

While social distancing might prevent your little ones from apple bobbing, or dressing up and going door to door trick-or-treating, there are still lots of spooky activities you can do to keep them entertained!

Virtual Costume Contest

One of the best parts of Halloween is getting creative and dressing up! You could try linking up with other parents to organise a video call costume contest. 

Using video conference platforms can allow children to see their friends from the safety of their own homes, show off their costumes, and even vote for the best one!

Spooky Film Night

Dim the lights, snuggle up with plenty of snacks, and put on a scary film. Classics like Monster House, Hocus Pocus, and Ghostbusters are family-friendly options for all ages. 

Scary Stories

How about cosying up to tell some scary stories? You could get creative and make up your own, or let your children tell their versions. If you’re stuck for ideas, here are some spooky campfire stories for kids of all ages.

Pumpkin Carving

While this year’s ‘jack o’ lanterns’ might not be lighting the way to lead Trick or Treaters to the front door, it can still be a fun way to bring some October magic to your house. Plus you can use the insides to whizz up a tasty pumpkin soup!

Creepy Crafting

Set out a variety of craft materials, put on a Halloween-themed playlist, and let your little ones go wild creating decorations! 

Treasure Hunt

Indulge your child’s sweet tooth by hiding treats (or healthier alternatives if you prefer) around the house or garden. Again you could add a scary soundtrack to add to the atmosphere.

However you decide to celebrate Halloween, just remember to stay safe and have fun!

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