Though Halloween will look quite different this year thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are several ways to celebrate at home, whether it’s by yourself, with your family, or (virtually) with friends. Read the list below for fun ideas of how you can spend and prepare for the holiday in quarantine!
Watching a Festive Movie
Perhaps the easiest way to get into the spirit is to watch some Halloween movies, whether it’s a classic like Hocus Pocus or The Nightmare Before Christmas, or a newer film like Coraline or Frankenweenie. Freeform is continuing their annual 31 Nights of Halloween celebration, airing several different spooky movies every night this month, so check your local listings to see what they’re playing. If you prefer watching shows, you could check out the sci-fi hit Stranger Things or Netflix’s new series The Haunting of Bly Manor. Get cozy with a blanket fort and some fun character pajamas, like a set from Lucky Onesie, or some Halloween-themed ones, like this cute set from Etsy.
Decorate Your Home
Decorating your living space with accents like skulls and spiderwebs is another great way to get into the Halloween headspace. If you’re looking to buy new decorations, try exploring sites like Etsy, where you can help small business owners who may have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Affordable options include pumpkin string lights and cute farmhouse-style wall art. Some independent creators took inspiration from the current state of the world for their Halloween decor, pairing instructions to mask up with a plague doctor character and designing signs to promote social distancing among trick-or-treaters.
If you’re feeling crafty, you can try making your own decor, whether it’s traditionally Halloween-themed or something more tailored to your home’s color palette. Check out these “bloody” candles and spider web candle holders. You can also go the classic route and decorate pumpkins – be sure to read Good Housekeeping’s tips on how to make carved pumpkins last longer.
Hosting a Virtual Halloween Party
Though social distancing is crucial, you don’t necessarily have to spend Halloween alone. You could host a virtual costume party for friends or family over video chat, on a platform like Zoom or Discord. Watch a movie together using these platforms’ built-in screen share features, or check out Teleparty, formerly known as Netflix Party, to stream the movie to your group. If you use Zoom, add to the fun by having everyone use a Halloween-themed background like these from The Bash.
Donate Candy and Treats
If you miss handing out candy to excited children in your neighborhood, there are a few ways you can fill that void while giving back to others. Ronald McDonald House Charities sometimes accept candy donations around Halloween, so check with your local chapter to see if they’re taking it, or contact your local food bank to see if they would accept candy. If you have young children in your family or neighborhood, you could make them small goody bags with candy and treats.
Hi! I’m Madison Murray, a pop culture and music writer who also loves writing about lifestyle and fashion. I have credits on sites like TREMG, Young Hollywood, and Audible Addixion, and I’m the founder of Melodic Musings. In addition to writing, I’m a community editor on Genius, lyric curator on Musixmatch, and a playlist curator at VOLUP2. My favorite artists include Taylor Swift, Machine Gun Kelly, BLACKPINK, Elko, phem, and YUNGBLUD. She/her.