Halloween this year will look very different. Covid-19 will mean that we won’t be able to do our usual Halloween activities. Trick-or-treating and big Halloween parties will be off the agenda. But that doesn’t mean that we all can’t have a bit of family fun. Here are a few ideas to help you make this Halloween the most spook-tacular yet!
1. Trick or treat sweet hunt
We may not be planning the traditional Halloween activity of knocking on neighbours’ doors and trick-or-treating, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do something fun at home.
Why not make your own trick or treat sweet hunt? Much like an Easter egg hunt, you can hide sweets throughout the house. Then provide the kids with some devilishly hard clues to help them find the taty treats.
2. Halloween decoration bingo
Despite the pandemic, not every Halloween activity has to take place inside the house.
Houses in your local area are likely to still put their decorations out, even if they aren’t handing out sweets. Why not take a walk through the neighbourhood to check out the spookiest houses?
You could even play a game of Halloween decoration bingo. Whoever spots the full set of decorations on your walk (pumpkins, ghosts, zombies, etc.) wins a prize.
3. Pumpkin picking
A Halloween activity that has grown in popularity in recent years is picking your own pumpkin. Find out whether there are any farms or pick your own vegetables patches in your area, where you can go and pick your own Halloween pumpkin.
It’s best to do some research before your visit. With social distancing measures in place, numbers are likely to be limited and entry may be ticketed.
4. Pumpkin carving
The coronavirus can’t take away the main family Halloween activity – pumpkin carving! Whether you grab a pumpkin from your local supermarket, or lovingly pick one at your local farm, it’s time to get creative.
You could always make it into a fun competition to see who can come up with the spookiest design. Or, if you are in any way artistic, you could try carving your children’s favourite TV characters into your pumpkin.
Just remember not to waste all that tasty flesh and seeds. Pumpkin seeds can be dried out and toasted. And pumpkin flesh can be used to create an array of autumnal meals, such as pumpkin risotto or pumpkin pie.
5. Spooky days out at the National Trust
National Trust properties are still open across the country, and many are planning Halloween activities for half term. Check websites for National Trust properties in your local area to find out what they have on. And look out for Halloween trails, pumpkin carving and lots of family friendly fun.
If you are a National Trust member, entry is free. You will just need to book a timed slot in order to help with social distancing measures. For non-members, a family ticket is typically around £20. Then, if you are interested in becoming a member, then family membership with two adults is £126 a year, or £10.50 a month.
6. Creepy woodland walks with English Heritage
If you live near an English Heritage property, you can benefit from a wealth of Halloween activities this year. Properties are running Halloween trails, costume competitions and spooky story sessions.
If your children are a little older, then join the ghost-hunting storytellers on a spooky woodland walk through the grounds.
You will need to book tickets in advance in order to secure your place. If you are an English Heritage member, entry is free. For non-members, a family ticket with two adults is £55.90, including a donation. Family membership is £109 a year or £9.08 a month.
7. Family Halloween party
2020 is the year of staying home. So if you are planning to do just that at Halloween, why not throw your own family Halloween party?
Everyone can get dressed up in their costumes and you can provide themed food, such as monster bite jam tarts and zombie finger hot dogs.
Then get stuck into the party games. Use your pumpkin as a target for your bean bag toss, or make your own Egyptian mummy with toilet roll.
If you have a Tesco Clubcard credit card or a Sainsbury’s Bank credit card, you may find that you can use your loyalty points to buy some spooky decorations from your local supermarket to make your very own haunted house.
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