October is all about one thing for a lot of people, and that’s Halloween! But with 2020 being a very strange year, it’s looking a lot like this year’s Halloween will play out a little differently. With staying home being a big theme of this year, your usual Halloween celebrations might not be on the cards.
With lockdowns, quarantines and social distancing, it’s a tough year for the kids who aren’t going to be able to trick or treat. So, we thought we’d put together a few cracking ideas on how you can make the most out of this Halloween from the comfort of your own home. And all without breaking the bank.
Tricks & Treats
With the Coronavirus making life a little more complicated, taking the kids trick or treating isn’t advised this year. But that doesn’t mean you can’t stock up on sweets and treat the little ones anyway. Grab some from the supermarket and hide them around the house. You can even make a spooky scavenger hunt out of it by leaving clues for an extra level of frightening fun.
Another option is to whip up some fear-inducing foods in the kitchen. YouTube and recipe websites are packed with ideas and tutorials for Halloween-themed foods. From scare-filled jelly to pumpkin cookies and more, so you can treat their tastebuds and give them a fright in the process.
You can even get spooky with the drinks. Make ‘potions’ with the kids or whip up a delicious batch of Halloween cocktails for something a little more adult. Once again, there’s plenty of wonderful and weird drinks to try, so it’s worth giving it a Google search to find some inspiration.
While the kids may not be able to go door-to-door in their costume, that doesn’t mean you can’t spend the day dressed up. And while throwing a party may not be on the cards, that doesn’t mean you can’t stock up on the buffet food and have some Halloween fun with the whole family.
Iceland have got the goods when it comes to buffet food to give your Halloween a party-vibe this year.
Get Costumed and Get Crafty this Halloween
One of the most essential aspects of a good Halloween is your costume. And there’s nothing better than going homemade. While buying yourself a costume is one way to do it, nothing beats the cost-cutting creativity you get when you craft one yourself. Whether it’s made of old tat from around the house or you get some materials in, you can go to town and make your costume extra special.
Get the kids involved in the costume creating for some fantastic family time, whether you want to go with a group effort, or you all want to go your own way with your outfit. You can get the family pet involved and go as Scooby Doo and the gang or pick your favourite hero from Marvels Avengers and give that a go.
Recycling old clothes and letting your creativity out is a great way to cut costs this Halloween. Whether it’s an old outfit, blankets, an old pair of boots or you just make use of those Amazon boxes, it’s a great way to put those old items to use.
It’s not just the costumes that you can get creative with, but the decorations too. While there are plenty of decorations out there to deck the halls with a haunting Halloween aesthetic, getting creative with paper and old fabrics is a great way to cultivate a Halloween vibe without splashing out.
Getting creative is the perfect way to spend some time together as a family this Halloween, and it can be really cost effective. Not to mention you can get some interesting results when you think outside the box.
Check out The Works for all the crafting kit you need for a cracking costume and delightful decorations.
Soak Up Some Spooky Halloween Entertainment
The perfect way to get into the Halloween spirit is to immerse yourself in a little spooky entertainment. From movies to music and more, get yourself into the Halloween frame of mind. Whether it’s something scary for the whole family, or an eerie adult entertainment experience.
Get yourself a Halloween-themed playlist together on Spotify, Amazon Music or Apple Music. There’s pre-made ones, or you can go to town on it by adding your personal favourites to the line-up. From Thriller to the Monster Mash, it’s a cracking way to get yourself in the mood for a few spooks.
And while the kids can’t hit the street to trick or treat, there’s nothing stopping you playing a few games around the house. Whether it’s a spooky board game or a costumed game of hide and seek, it’s a fabulous way to get some frightening family time this Halloween.
With firm family favourites like Hocus Pocus, The Nightmare Before Christmas and the Hotel Transylvania series available on Netflix, you can’t go wrong. Get into costume, light a few candles and gather round for a Spooktacular showing of your favourite Halloween flicks.
When the kids have hit the hay, the adults can play, and there’s plenty of Halloween-themed entertainment for the grown-ups. While you could settle down for a spooky viewing of your favourite slashers, thrillers and monster flicks, you can get a more interactive experience with video games. There’s a ton of horror-themed games out there, for those who are feeling brave this October.
When it comes to all your entertainment needs, Argos have got the latest games, so you can get your spook on.
Make the Most of Your Halloween Lockdown
While the kids might be feeling a little cooped up this Halloween, you can make the most of the family-time this year. While trick or treating is off the menu, that doesn’t mean you can’t treat the little ones to some scary seasonal fun with costumes, candy and a whole load of cracking entertainment.