13 Fun Ways to Celebrate Halloween This Year
Wondering how to celebrate Halloween this year? These cute ideas will help you plan the spookiest season ever.
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One of the oldest fall activities in the book, pumpkin carving is a great way to spend an evening. Lay down some newspapers and let everyone prep their pumpkins. (We have some great ideas here). Don’t forget to roast the seeds, too, for a salty snack!
Send Treats to a Loved One
If you have a kiddo away at college or a far-flung friend, make their day by sending some Halloween treats. We recommend a Halloween gift crate from Harry & David, a “Boo Box” stocked with candy or a Sugarwish that lets your recipient pick out all of their favorite sweets.
Host a Family Movie Night
On a chilly evening, there’s nothing better than putting on some cozy PJs and snuggling together for a family movie night. Set out some snacks—like this Creepy Candied Corn, Pumpkin Snack Mix and Pretzel Puppy Chow—then queue up a favorite film. Our top picks? Hocus Pocus, The Nightmare Before Christmas or Halloweentown. (They’re all available on Disney+).
Organize a Socially Distanced Costume Parade
One of our favorite parts of Halloween is seeing all of the creative costumes. (We’re big fans of these foodie outfits). Give everyone a chance to don their scariest, sweetest or silliest looks by organizing a socially distanced costume parade. Invite neighbors, pets and loved ones to walk (or drive) down the block at a specific time.
“BOO” Your Neighbors
Spread some Halloween cheer by “Boo”-ing your neighbors. The concept is simple: fill a bag with candy, small toys, Halloween cookies or other treats and drop it on a neighbor’s porch with a “You’ve Been Booed” sign. Then, enjoy watching the holiday magic spread down the block.
Whip Up Some Spooky Snacks
Nothing’s scarier than feeling hangry! Curb your appetite (and your sweet tooth) with these adorable Halloween treats. They’re easy enough for the kids to help make, and they’re a great addition to other activities on this list. Short on time? Bake a batch of everyone’s favorite Pillsbury Halloween cookies. (We won’t judge).
“Trick or Treat” Around the House
If your neighborhood event was canceled, set up a bowl of candy in each room and let the kiddos “trick or treat” their way through the house. You could also hide sweets outdoors in mini pumpkins similar to an Easter egg hunt.
Revisit Past Halloweens
We can’t be the only ones who love flipping through old photos! Dust off your albums and take a walk down memory lane. It’s fun to revisit past costumes, parties and more. By the way, here’s what Halloween looked like the year you were born.
Stream Halloween Fireworks
If you’re a Disney fan, enjoy a digital fireworks show from Mickey’s Not-So-Spooky Halloween spectacular. It’s the perfect way to unwind and help everyone get in the holiday spirit.
You don’t need to spend a lot of money to decorate your home for Halloween. Just turn to these DIY decorations that are easy and fun to make with the family.
Plan a Themed Dinner
While a full-blown party is out of the question, put your planning skills to work and organize an intimate gathering with close friends and family. We have dinner ideas featuring witches, ghosts, monsters and pumpkins.