Halloween is just around the corner and if everyone in your family is a huge fanatic, you definitely already have plans. However, if you’re not sure what to do yet but you know you will be at home, you still have plenty of options. All of the suggestions below are super fun for a family to do together, so take a look.
Decorate the house in a spooky manner
Decorating your home so that it looks chilling from both the outside and inside is a great way to spend time with your little ones and luckily, there are so many ways to approach this activity. For starters, you can simply purchase some skeletons and cobwebs from a local store and put them around the house. Then, you can create your own decorations from paper or try spray painting some spooky shapes onto your walls and doors. Maybe you’d like some creepy lighting as well, so look for some LED candles that will not pose a danger to your kids and home. Last but not least, probably the most interesting activity when it comes to decorating during Halloween – pumpkin carving. You can visit a pumpkin patch and select a few pieces that you like. Let your children choose the design or look online for some interesting ones and get carving. These tools are quite sharp so it’s best not to let your kids use them.
Bake delicious and eerie treats
If decorating is not something that interests you, there are other activities that might be the right fit. For example, if you love baking with your kids, you can modify some of your recipes to fit the Halloween aesthetic or simply look online to find some interesting suggestions. The good thing here is that you can make all sorts of spooky meals, from lunches to dessert and drinks. For snacking, you can consider some pigs in a blanket in the form of dough twisted around hot dogs so that it resembles mummies. From red velvet cupcakes that look bloody to green frosting that is simply eerie, you can do whatever your kids would like.
Make cute but scary costumes together
Even if you’re not going trick-or-treating, that doesn’t mean that your kids don’t want to dress up, especially if you’re throwing a Halloween party. Don’t be surprised if they want something completely unique that came from their imagination. While you should be proud of their creativity, it might also be very hard to find a costume that matches their wishes – so, get ready to do some sewing and hot-gluing. Do your absolute best to meet their demands and make sure to take a lot of photos afterwards.
With all this effort, though, you might not have enough time to dedicate to your own costume and rest assured that your kid will expect you to dress up as well. In order to greet any trick-or-treaters in true fashion, look for some interesting couture dresses for hire and easily turn into a creepy Halloween host.
Opt for some chilling entertainment
Seeing as how you’re staying at home, why not turn this evening into a spooky movie marathon? You can watch all the classics, from Beetlejuice and The Addams Family to Hocus Pocus and Casper. On the other hand, if you have teenagers and they would like something creepier, you can also put on Scream or Halloween. You can also go for some newer releases like Get Out, What We Do in the Shadows and A Quiet Place. Alternatively, you can play some scary video games like Silent Hill, Dead by Daylight, Outlast and Pathologic, for example. Finally, you can also choose to just tell some spooky stories around the fire pit in your yard. Of course, if your kids are too young, don’t go overboard.
Organize a creepy scavenger hunt
Just because you’re not going anywhere doesn’t mean that you can’t have friends over. You can invite your own friends or your kids’ friends and host a scavenger hunt in your yard. Write some spooky instructions and send the little ones on a hunt. Hide various Halloween treats around the space and let them have fun.
Halloween is always fun, regardless of whether you stay at home, go trick-or-treating or to some sort of event. The most important thing is to have a good time with your loved ones.
About the Author
Emma Williams is an Australian writer with a master’s degree in business administration, who has a passion for anything lifestyle and design related. She spends most of her time redecorating and participating in house projects. As a great nature lover, her biggest pleasure is spending time in a small cottage by the river. Find her on Twitter @ https://twitter.com/EmmaWilliams204