6 Fun & Safe Ways To Celebrate Halloween This Year

COVID-19 has changed how we spend time with our friends and loved ones, including fun holidays like Halloween. Whether you love all things spooky or you’re simply used to spending the evening out with your girls, a socially distanced Halloween might look a bit different from what you’re used to — but it can still be fun. Here are a few ways to celebrate Halloween during COVID-19. 

1. Scary Movie Marathon

This one had to be said. Of course, a scary movie marathon is one of the classic options for Halloween hangs, pandemic or not. You can either choose some old favorites or put on something you’ve never seen before. Staying at home beats seeing a movie out anyway. Plus, you can watch as many scary movies as your heart desires, and you can bring whatever snacks you want to the party.

2. Girls’ Night In

Spending the evening with best friends can be the perfect way to enjoy the spooky season. If you want to have a special night with your friends, why not put on some scary movies, grab some snacks, mix up a fancy mocktail or two, so the night stays healthy and simply relax? Add some spooky board games to the mix, like “Mansion of Madness” or “Pick Your Poison,” to up the Halloween factor. It could be the best night in yet!

3. Pumpkin Picking

Fall is the time for pumpkin everything, including picking. This is a great outdoor and socially distanced daytime activity, which leaves your evening free for even more festivities. It’s also a great idea if you have kiddos or younger siblings to bring along. Plus, pumpkins aren’t just a Halloween staple — they can last all season long!

4. Costume Photo Shoot

Who says staying in means you can’t dress up? Even though you might be used to putting on costumes to go out, dressing up at home can be a ton of fun and even allow you a bit of freedom to wear things you normally wouldn’t in public. So get together with some friends and take a bunch of snaps of all your favorite Halloween looks.

5. Campfire Hangs

If you happen to love outdoorsy activities, having a campfire or a bonfire on Halloween is a great way to spend some time in nature and get into the spooky spirit. Whether you spend your night telling scary stories or pumping some vintage witchy jams, you can totally have a great evening outside by the crackling fire. Bonus tip: Serve some warm apple cider to keep everyone cozy around the campfire.

6. Sweet Treats

What would Halloween be without a little bit of sugar and spice? Whether you love whipping up all kinds of treats or you aren’t normally the baking type, staying in can give you and your friends the perfect opportunity to try out a variety of delicious recipes. From homemade fudge to pumpkin crumb cake muffins and homemade pumpkin spice lattes, the possibilities are endless. You might even find yourself more satisfied than you would be with classic Halloween candy.

COVID-19 has caused a bit of difficulty when it comes to traditional plans. However, you can still have a great time this Halloween, whether it’s your favorite day of the year or simply another chance to spend time with your friends. From scary movie marathons to an evening of baking, there are so many options to choose from that will make the day memorable. Choose an activity or two, invite your friends, and make the most of this spooky season.

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