5 Ways to Celebrate Halloween in a Pandemic

At the beginning of Covid, I naively thought I’d be able to travel to London in May and that there was absolutely no way we’d still be dealing with Halloween in a pandemic. Boy, was I wrong. Halloween is even on a Saturday and here we are having to think of safe, socially distant activities to do. But as the magic maker of my family, I’ve come up with some ideas that we’re going to try this spooky season.

  • Backyard Halloween Candy Hunt – Pretend it’s Easter, hide candy in eggs or not, and have your kids grab their orange pumpkin and get searching…if the Seattle weather behaves you can do this in your backyard or do an epic hunt in your house if you get rained out
  • Pumpkin Carving – Some people would say it’s not Halloween if you don’t carve a pumpkin.  I’m not that person. I don’t love the smell of pumpkin guts and I typically make my husband do the carving while I take pictures. 
  • Pumpkin Painting – I’ll be honest pumpkin carving is quite the time commitment to me…so I prefer painting pumpkins.  It’s also an activity you can do over and over again, you could wash the paint off before it dries if you wanted.  Set the little ones outside with a plastic bin and then you might get some independent play out of them.  Washable tempera paint is what people typically use when they paint their pumpkins but I’ve been loving KwikStix for an easier less mess option and setup is a breeze.  
  • Make a Haunted Gingerbread House – Gingerbread houses don’t have to wait until Christmas!  Turn on some spooky music and start building the haunted house of your dreams (while the little ones sneak bites of candy and licks of that weird frosting) 
  • Decorate Halloween Cookies –  This one can be a multiple day process, if you’d like. One day making the dough and cutting them out and another decorating them. Or you can use the easy button and just buy sugar cookie dough and frosting at the store. Or EVEN EASIER buy a cookie kit from Target that includes everything you need. I love ideas that can be as easy or hard as you like them.

Throughout the month of October I’ll be posting on social media what we end up doing both at home and around Seattle to celebrate. I’d love to hear what ideas you have to make this pandemic Halloween a little bit better!

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