Not tricking or treating? Here are Mumbler suggested alternative Halloween activities…
Wondering what to do this Halloween during Covid 2020?
Trying to think of alternatives to trick or treating and Halloween parties in lockdown or quarantine?
Each parent will obviously make their own decision about how they wish to enjoy Halloween, but for those remaining cautious we have come up with some ideas so Halloween can be safe & spooktacular!
Halloween Games and Activities
A silly and fun game. Bobbing for apples or doughnuts. You could Halloween theme the doughnuts too. Obviously this requires close parental supervision, you may as well join in!!
Halloween Doughnuts (photo from Pinterest)
Bobbing for doughnuts (photo from Pinterest)
Apple bobbing (photo from Pinterest)
Lots of toilet rolls still left? perfect – pumpkin bowling it is then!
Halloween Glow Stick Disco
Pop on some “spooky” tunes and turn the lights down for dancing! To add to the atmosphere, cut out some eye shapes in toilet rolls and pop in a glow stick so you have spooky eyes watching you dance!
Spooky tunes playlist: Monster Mash – Bobby Pickett, Thriller – Michael Jackson, The Phantom of the Opera – Andre Lloyd Webber, Ghostbuster – Ray Parker Jr. Time Warp – Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Addams Family Theme Tune, Monster – Lady Gaga, Get your Freak ok – Missy Elliot and Ghost – Ella Henderson.
Spooky glow stick eyes
Spooky Halloween Hunt around the Home
When the Easter bunny visits our house he leaves cardboard bunnies/eggs and chocolate hidden around and the kids LOVE hunting it out. Why not give this a Halloween makeover? Print off some pictures of pumpkins and witches etc and hide them around the house (or garden) along with some Halloween treats (sweets or alternative suggestions listed further in this blog). Other ideas shown in the photos below, such a a ghost number hunt, hiding Halloween eggs or making lollipop ghosts to go hunting for.
Paper ghost number hunt (photo from Pinterest)
Halloween eggs with treats inside (photo from Pinterest)
Ghost Lollipops (photo from Pinterest)
We also have a Mumbler Halloween Treasure trail for you to download, print and cut out. Lots of spooky clues for the kids to follow, maybe they could find some treats as they go along or at the end?
How about sending a ‘Happy Halloween’ card? Yes ok it’s not the normal Halloween tradition, but anything goes in 2020! Plus my kids are often more motivated to do a craft/ picture and spend more time doing it if it’s getting sent to someone.
Print off a stencil to help (photo from pinterest)
If you don’t want to calve, get the paint/pens out instead (photo from pinterest)
Paint on little ghosts (photo from pinterest)
Halloween Fancy dress / Outfits / Masks
You will be able to pick up a Halloween costume at most supermarkets from anytime now. You may be able to purchase a second hand one (keep an eye on the Mumbler facebook page on a weekend for selling). You could make one too. There’s plenty of DIY inspiration on the interest. A full outfit isn’t required, why not just do a bit of face painting, or make an accessory such as a mask or witches headband.
Create a Halloween at home cinema experience. You could all be in fancy dress and enjoy some Halloween food whilst watching something spooky. Spooky Film options include:
Hotel Transylvania Casper The Addams Family The Witches Hocus Pocus Paranorman Goosebumps The Haunted Mansion Monster House Coraline The Corpse Bride Gremlins Ghost Busters
NB: Parent’s may wish to watch these first just to check they are happy for their children to watch them. Some sensitive children may be a little spooked by some (i still refuse to watch the witches and ghostbusters as an adult!)
Eat, drink & be Scary!
My kids love a “party tea”. Even if there’s no friends over it just feels a bit more special for them if it’s buffet style! Why not adapt some recipes to make them fit the Halloween theme. It doesn’t need to just be sweets etc either, there’s plenty of healthier options eg ghost bananas, fruit platter pumpkins or pumpkin satsumas.
Bloody finger hot dogs (photo from Pinterest)
Deviled Skull Eggs (photo from Pinterest)
Halloween shaped biscuits
Popcorn gloves aka Witches hands (photo from Pinterest)
Halloween Mummy dogs (photo from Pinterest)
Pumpkin platter (photo from Pinterest)
Banana ghosts & satsuma pumpkins (photo from Pinterest)
If you did still wish to go trick or treating, some ways to reduce the risk include: – Arrange with friends / family to visit them e.g. classmates who are already in their “bubble” therefore reducing new contacts. – Don’t go in large groups – Adults could wear a mask – Don’t encourage sharing of Halloween props/accessories etc. – Leave a bowl of sweets outside therefore no touching of the doorbell / door required – Lots of alcohol gel as you go and handwashing as soon as they get home.
Sweets outside in bowls (photo from Pinterest)
Trick or treat
We hope you have fun! If there’s anything else you have planned that you think would be great for other Mumblers too, do let us know so we can share. Email email@example.com