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4 ways to celebrate Halloween at home without trick-or-treating
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4 ways to celebrate Halloween at home without trick-or-treating



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Trick-or-treating is a favorite Halloween tradition with good reason—it involves tons of free candy and a chance to see all the fun costumes in the neighborhood. Unfortunately, trick-or-treating might be off the table this year for families who are trying to maintain social distancing. But that doesn’t mean you need to cancel all the Halloween fun. Here are 4 festive ways to have a Spooktacular holiday at home.

1) Get creative with pumpkin carving.

If you’ve rushed the pumpkin carving process in years past, this is the year to get creative. Help your children carve out scary faces, complex patterns, or goofy ghosts with this 23-piece pumpkin carving kit. The candles are included, so you can light up your creations outside for neighbors to enjoy.

2) Host a spooky scavenger hunt.

While you might not be able to go trick-or-treating, you can bring the fun and the candy inside with a scavenger hunt. Create clues to leave around your house (bonus points for scary stationary) and reward each correct guess with a piece of fun-sized candy or Halloween toy.

3) Compete in a virtual costume contest.

You don’t have to miss out on all the adorable costumes this year. Instead, host a virtual costume contest for play groups, school friends, and family on Zoom or Google Hangouts. Coordinate with the other parents before to distribute supplies and include a virtual game like Halloween bingo.

4) Tell ghost stories around the fire or host a scary movie night.

Just because you’re spending Halloween at home doesn’t mean you need to spend the whole night inside. If you have a backyard, build a fire, roast marshmallows for s’mores, and share scary stories. Or, put on a Halloween movie like Hocus Pocus, Ghostbusters, or Beetlejuice on a backyard projector.


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