Looking for ways to make Halloween at home just as fun as the typical holiday traditions? I’ve got you covered with 12 super fun ways to celebrate Halloween at home this year and it doesn’t include being bored.
If you choose to opt out of the festive holiday traditions this year like heading to a haunted house or Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando because of the new Delta variant of covid, rest assured, there are plenty of ways to spin Halloween in your favor.
Here are 12 of the best ideas for celebrating Halloween at home this year.
1. carve pumpkins
Of course, this one is at the top of the list because what’s halloween without carving a pumpkin or having a pumpkin carving contest? It’s a classic Halloween tradition! So grab yourself some pumpkins either from your local pumpkin farm, a good pumpkin carving kit (you want one that works and isn’t going to break on you), and some carving stencil templates or pumpkin punchers to create a perfectly designed jack-o’-lantern.
If you don’t want to go to the pumpkin patch, head on down to your local grocery store. They have plenty to choose from as well.
2. have a halloween movie marathon
To get you in the Halloween mood, a spooky movie is an absolute must! If you’re not a fan of creepy, exorcist, horror type movies like me, The Good Witch makes a perfect Halloween marathon choice and a Halloween fave. Hocus Pocus, Practical Magic and Halloweentown are other fun ones to add to the list.
3. get crafty
Halloween at home doesn’t have to be boring. With so many Halloween craft ideas to choose from, you are bound to find something you’ll want to get crafty with. You can find plenty of DIY ideas over at Michaels. They’ve got an array of Halloween DIY crafts to boost your creativity. Crafts for the kiddos is also a great idea for the little humans in the home to get their creative juices flowing. 🙂
4. brew up your own halloween ‘potion’
Drink up witches! It’s time to get creative this Halloween and mix up your own ‘potion’ with festive plant-based recipes. Scoop out the flesh from the smaller pumpkins and use them to serve your drinks in. Garnish with your favorite Halloween candy and drink up! You can also use a DIY drink kit like Box on the Rocks or SaloonBox Cocktail Kit to add more fun to the mix.
Another option is getting wine delivered right to your doorstep if you’re looking for the ‘lazy’ way out.
6. decorate for halloween
Whether you like a more spooky kinda feel or an aesthetic and cute pumpkin patch kinda vibe, decorating your home for the occasion is a must. It just gets you into the spirit of the holidays and gives off a cozy feel in your home and what better way than the smell of cinnamon and pumpkin in the air. Yankee Candle has the best selection of fall scented candles and cute Halloween decor to spook up the home and liven up your space. Pottery Barn also has some great options to choose from.
7. create a vegan halloween grazing board
These are popular go-to’s for any Halloween or holiday party, even the ones that are low key. Get creative with this one and add some figs, dates, apples, pumpkin and other seasonal fruit to your board to compliment your ‘cheese’ and ‘meat’ selections. Get Halloween vegan recipe ideas here.
9. play halloween dress up
Yep, dress it up! Just because you’re keeping it at home, doesn’t mean you can’t wear your Halloween best. Dress it up however you’d like whether it’s in costume or your favorite Halloween party outfit. Work it and have fun with it. If you have an animal companion, get him or her in on the action with their own cute Halloween outfit and for the kiddos, Disney is my #1 choice!
Want to show it off? Get on a virtual call with the fam or hold a virtual Halloween party with friends to step up the fun and maybe even have a virtual costume contest. The ideas are endless.
10. play halloween games
Throw in some Halloween games to your ‘stay at home’ party like bobbing for apples or a Halloween board game. There are plenty of fun games to choose from to spook up your Halloween festivities or try your hand at the thrilling mystery solving puzzles to keep you at the edge of your seat.
11. peep the rare blue moon
The last rare blue moon was seen on Halloween in 2001 and will rise again this year for all time zones to see. So be sure to set your eyes on this phenomenal event. According to the Farmers Almanac, the last time a Halloween blue moon appeared for everyone in all time zones was back in 1944. Crazy, huh?! What’s even more, is that NASA says that the full moon rises on Halloween every 19 years with the prediction for the next one in 2039.
It’s not literally a “blue” moon, it’s a full sized fully lit moon that will add to the spookiness on Halloween so don’t miss out!
12. get outdoors
If you’re itching to get outside and just want more than the “stay at home” fun, search for local events or snag a Groupon for things to do in your area. Groupon always has some great event deals you can take advantage of. Whatever you choose to do, please do it safely.
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