Although October 31st might be a little different in 2020, it does not mean that Halloween is cancelled, as there are plenty of fun things for you to do right in your very home. The ideas below will help you create a spooky night with your partner, family, housemates and just about anyone who you live with without leaving the house or inviting other people over.
So you can put those Covid-19 worries away and still celebrate the best night of the year.
A Movie Night is one of the best ways to spend Halloween night and there are so many ways you could easily make it as spooky as possible. The easy part is definitely picking what films to watch or even what shows to binge. Fortunately in this day and age we don't have to head to our local rental store to get the latest releases (Blockbuster we miss you!), instead you can find a heaps of spooky films and tv shows on Netflix, Amazon Prime and more.
Why not theme your night? You could decorate for a particular theme depending on what kinds of films you would like to watch. Create spooky foods like this Bewitched Popcorn or even stir up Halloween cocktails and make your own cinema tickets? Set your show times so the whole family knows when the film is about to start and turn your living room into a real spooky cinema experience.
If you're after some ideas then you can check out my list of Witchy and Horror films or Tv Shows to check out too.
If like me you made forts as a child, then you'll love this one. Instead of movies why not spend the night telling scary stories? You could gather together around a table of snacks with eerie music playing while each person reads a different story or why not take it one step further and build your own fort.
Grab some old sheets, peg them altogether over chairs and tables and create a spooky hidden hideaway. You could even throw lots of fake leaves around the floor to add an outdoor effect and why not make your own glowing camp fire to really bring it all together. Hot Chocolates and foods like toffee apples, bonfire toffee and S'mores Cupcakes are the perfect sweet treats for tonights tales. You don't have to stay indoors either, if you can head into your garden and set up a tent, why spent the night outside instead? Add a few glowing Jack-O'Lanterns to your set up and you're ready for one spooky night.
If you're after books bursting with scary stories then I highly recommend The Mammoth Book of Halloween Stories and 31 Nights of Halloween.
Everyone loves a good games night and Halloween is the perfect time to have the spookiest games night of the year. I previous released a list of board games that are extremely fun to play and also have a spooky theme that would be perfect for All Hallows Eve. I personally highly recommend Smashing Pumpkins as it's a quick game (similar to snap), that has cute Halloween themed cards and is suitable for all ages.
Games Night doesn't have to just be about board games though, there are plenty of games you can easily play around the house that are fun for everyone. You could set up a fun treasure hunt game with various riddles and prizes hidden around your home. This can be done so cheaply too by purchasing small prizes from stores such as Poundland and Home Bargains. Write out the clues for your players to follow and see if they can track down all of the hidden Halloween treats. It's easy to make your own games too like Pumpkin Ring Toss or Ghost Bowling, check out both of those games and another 28 ideas right here.
Set up a table of snacks, fun prizes for winners of different games and have a really fun Halloween night.
Did you know Halloween was hugely popular throughout the Victorian era? People would attend various parties and play all kinds of different games. The majority of these games would be fun fortune style games to predict what the year has in store or who your next love would be.
For Halloween this year consider bringing back some of old traditions and have a Victorian Era Night and make it a fun event at home. Dress in your best clothing, a suit or fancy dress, whip up a delicious Victorian Chocolate Tart, Trifle and finger foods like sandwiches and scones. Light candles or place battery tealights all around the room and turn off the lights to set a spooky atmosphere.
Apples were used for bobbing with the first person to successfully grab an apple with their teeth becoming the first to marry. The quality of the apple would also be a symbol of the person they would be with. Apple skins were also used to find out the first letter of a future lovers name. The peel would be thrown over your shoulder and the shape it made on the group corresponding with the letter of their first name. There are so many different games that were played on Halloween night and you can read up on even more fun games right here and also here.
The final idea on this list is one that has endless ideas and outcomes on what can be done for Halloween night. You can easily spend all day making different decorations that are around a specific theme. Create spooky gifts for the next big holiday (which shall not be named *shivers*), start creating decorations for Halloween 2021 as it is never too early to prepare for next year. Why not hold your very own pumpkin carving/designing day or just have fun all day making whatever your mind can come up with and then decorate for the night.
You don't just have to carve a pumpkin for Halloween, there are so many different ways to decorate your very own Jack-O'Lantern with many ways actually prolonging it's life (did you know a pumpkin can last for up to a year if left in a dry, dark space?). Why not paint one in different colours? turn them into your favourite film/tv characters, cover in glitter? the ideas are never ending and if you're stuck... pinterest is your best friend.
You can find check out over 100 pumpkin decorating ideas right here and for a few easy crafty makes head over here.