It’s no secret that this Halloween is going to be different than any other year- especially when it comes to trick-or-treating. None-the-less, it has the potential to be epic. You can still have your tricks and treats – with a twist! Here are 10 tips to make October 31st feel special and just as festive as prior years:
1. Host an At-Home Scavenger Hunt
Create themed rooms throughout your house and hide candy and prizes in each of the rooms. Make a fun list and send your kids on a scavenger hunt to discover everything hidden. A bigger prize at the end will make it all the more exciting!
2. BOO! Someone
Spread Halloween cheer by BOO!-ing your neighbors and friends! A Halloween BOO! is a goodie bag of treats left anonymously at someone’s door. Once you’ve been BOO!’d, you pass it on to another house. Then, hang a picture of a ghost on your front door, to let everyone know you’ve gotten your Halloween surprise! Be sure to get the kids involved in packing and delivering the secret treats.
3. Make Fall Crafts
One of Halloween’s best traditions is decorating and carving pumpkins… but why stop there? There are endless Halloween/Fall crafts you and your family can do! Consider creating something special and dropping it off to cheer up that special senior in your neighborhood. Your little one’s will totally forget about trick-or-treating. Check out our Pinterest page for some artsy inspiration! https://www.pinterest.com/TJCRealEstate/fall-crafts/
4. Have A Scary Movie Marathon
You can watch Halloween movies any day of the year, but there’s something extra special about October that makes these films so much more thrilling. Streaming apps have come so far in the past ten years. You can pretty much find any movie you want these days on demand. Put on your costumes, pop some popcorn and cuddle up by the TV! (P.S. Nothing says Halloween Movie Marathon like Harry Potter!)
5. Host A Virtual Costume Contest Party
A Halloween costume or dance party can really brighten everyone’s spirits! Schedule a Zoom party at least a few days in advance so your family and friends can prepare. Create a spooktacular playlist and have your guests show off their costumes on camera! You can also change your Zoom background to a graveyard, a haunted house, or anything Halloween related! Have everyone vote on the best costume. Be sure to take plenty of screenshots for scrapbooks and memories!
6. Play Spooky Games
Arrange a tarot card reading, try an ouija board, throw a monster mash twister party, play Halloween bingo or have a small murder mystery dinner party!
If you do decide to have a small dinner party, consider having it on your deck or patio for safety purposes. Check out our blog ‘5 Tips to Extend Your Outdoor Entertaining Season’ for Fall patio decor inspiration! https://www.tjcrealestate.com/blog/5-tips-to-extend-your-outdoor-entertaining-season/
7. Make Festive Cocktails
Enjoy some booze with your boo’s! There are so many spooky cocktail recipes out there, so pick your poison. Sometimes it’s as simple as adding a spooky garnish. Once you’ve decided on a brew, finalize your menu with a Halloween appetizer. Since you don’t want your little witches and wizards to miss all the fun, put together a fizzy or fruity mocktail so that the kids can feel included.
8. Prepare A Halloween Dinner
Whether your night involves cozying up on the couch or hosting a low-key (and socially distant) party, you’re going to need a Halloween dinner. You can make simple, Halloween finger food for the kiddos, or make a gourmet fall dinner for the grown-ups. You can find some ideas for both at delish.com!
9. Reverse Trick-or-Treat
It’s difficult to trick-or-treat while staying socially distant. This year is the time to think outside the box. Reverse trick-or-treating works like this: children (with close adult supervision) stand outside in costume as neighbors drive past with candy. This is a great way for your children to feel like they still got a trick-or-treating experience, while staying safe!
10. Make A Candy Chute
Although trick-or-treating isn’t recommended this year, you’re bound to still get some trick-or-treaters. If you do decide to cater to these little rebels, a great way to stay socially distant is a candy chute. This DIY project is as simple as getting a large pipe and taping it down your front porch railing, or hanging it from your balcony. Children can hold their bucket beneath the pipe on their end, as you send candy in on your end. You can decorate the pipe to be Halloween themed. Example: Paint it to look like a creepy snake.
Come see our candy chute at TJC’s office on the 31st!
There are plenty of ways to get your Halloween on this year, so think outside the box!
Brought to you by Tara Schumann, Social Media/Marketing Manager for TJC Real Estate and Management Services.
Your Neighborhood Realtors® Since 2005