Halloween 2020 falls on a spooky full moon Saturday. It also falls in a strange year in which we’re dealing with lockdowns caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the need to remain socially distanced.
To stay safe, traditional trick-or-treating is probably out of the question this year. Instead, it makes more sense to create your own spook-tacular celebration right at home.
This year, put on your costume and get ready for a haunting at-home Halloween party you’ll never forget.
1. Set the stage for a celebration
The key to a successful Halloween 2020 is making sure you have the right surroundings. Start by deciding whether you want to decorate several rooms or concentrate the celebrations in one place, such as the living or dining room.
Unless you have a very large budget for decorations, go with bigger things that deliver the most impact. Large spider webbing, crime scene tape, window clings and paper lanterns with Halloween images on them can be placed on furniture or hung from ceilings and walls to transform a room.
Add small details such as autumnal foliage and colours, a few pumpkins, mini jack-o’-lanterns (plastic ones are perfectly fine if you don’t want to carve), scary figurines and candle holders decorated with creepy-crawlies such as tiny plastic spiders or bats.
If you have an outdoor space, prepare the area for a ghost story campfire with a few blankets and a fire pit where you can gather to share some hot chocolate while scaring each other. No garden? An indoor fireplace would do too, especially if it’s in the Halloween-decorated room.
2. Don’t forget to dress up
Just because the party is at home doesn’t mean you should forego the costume. In fact, having dinner or watching a horror movie in full Halloween costume seems like the perfect choice for this very different Halloween 2020.
Don’t have a costume ready? Find some bell-bottom pants and flowery shirt at a local charity shop and you’re back in the 70s or wrap yourself in toilet paper and you can call yourself a mummy.
3. Have a spooky dinner party
Whether you go for silly or truly scary depends on whether there are kids at home or you’re planning for an older crowd. Either way, Halloween 2020 should be about more than sweets.
You can make almost any meal spooky by adding edible eyeballs, icing cupcakes with pumpkin-orange sugar, serving hummus and other dips in test tubes instead of bowls, and even cutting your bread in bat-shaped bits.
If you’re looking for something more formal with more ‘normal’ food, you can still make it a Halloween dinner by adding spooky décor to the table.
4. Create your own entertainment
While Halloween 2020 is not the ideal time for big gatherings, you can still have a pumpkin carving party with the members of your household. You could also spend some time putting together a haunted gingerbread house or baking some horror-themed cookies.
After some food-related fun, move to the living room for a Halloween movie night marathon. Just don’t forget the popcorn.
Want to make things spookier? Take a break in between movies for a bit of fortune telling. Try tarot, some palm reading, tea leaves or some obscure versions of traditional games. The internet is full of great suggestions no matter the age of the participants.
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