Halloween has become more and more popular in recent years, with scary costumes, elaborate pumpkins and fantastic make-up all the rage. But things will have to be a bit different this year. No-one is under any illusion that trick or treating is Covid friendly, so the race is on to find other fun activities to ensure the day is still spook-tastic!
Here’s some easy suggestions that won’t break the bank:
You can go as simple or as detailed as you like with Halloween crafts. There are loads of kits available in the shops, but you can get inventive with things you have around the house. Here’s a few ideas:
- make your own bunting with cut out ghost, bat and witch hat shapes
- create a monster from junk – boxes, tubes and foil are all brilliant for this!
- decorate cardboard pumpkin shapes with patchwork pieces of paper
- paint a mini pumpkin rather than carving it
- make a stencil and use it to create gingerbread shapes
- buy ready made cookies and decorate them with icing and sprinkles
Home Trick or Treating
Why not try using your internal doors for trick or treating instead of going out? Arm yourself with a bucketful of treats and hide behind each door for your children to knock on. You can all dress up too, and take it one step further by changing your hat / hair / glasses at each door!
Hunt the Pumpkins
In the same way that communities decorated rainbows and stuck them in their windows for children to find, you could do the same with Halloween themed pictures or carved pumpkins. How about organising a hunt with your neighbours with letters to find and spell out a spooky word?
Reverse Trick or Treating
Rather than children knocking on your door, you could create individually wrapped parcels of treats and leave them on your neighbour’s doorsteps. It’s best to arrange this in advance to avoid any allergy or health related issues.