10 creative ways to safely celebrate Halloween 2020

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we will have to celebrate a little differently. Here are 10 ideas for Halloween 2020!

  1. Scary movie marathon

Stay at home this Halloween and plan a movie marathon. I recommend popping some popcorn and even making some creepy snacks. Here are some of my favorite kid-friendly scary movies and a list for the adults.

2. Pumpkin carving/decorating

It’s an excellent year for pumpkin carving! I recommend using a a pumpkin carving kit. Many websites have free printable designs that can be outlined and carved. If you are scared of giving your kids mini saws, try decorating your pumpkins with acrylic paint!

3. Ghost your friends or neighbors

Place some candy and tasty treats in a bag or bucket and place in front of your neighbor’s or friend’s home. 
Leave a note with a ghost that says, 
“You’ve been ghosted!
During the night, we left you a treat.
This Halloween tradition is fun, and one we hope you’ll repeat.
Take this ghost and tape it to your door,
to let others know you’ll be ghosted no more.
Now it’s your turn to pass on the surprise
to two more families who would enjoy a ghostly door prize.” 
It’s an easy way to spread some Halloween cheer! It only takes one family to start a new tradition.

4. Glow-in-the-dark at-home trick-or-treating

This will take some work, but is well worth it! Buy some candy and small glow in the dark sticks. After it is dark out, turn on the glow in the dark sticks and tape most of them to bars of candy, hide them all over your house, including the ones without candy, turn off all the lights and have the kids go wild. This works best when your house is pitch black.

5. Virtual costume contest

By now we are all experts at hosting virtual parties on Zoom. Try hosting a costume contest this year! It will be a fun way to see your friends and family, even if it’s just on your computer. For the best outcome decide on a “panel of judges” before the date and have them pick their favorite costume. If you want to make it extra fun, pick a theme like “villains” or “puns” to see how creative people get. The best part is you can pick a theme for a costume you already own. Send the winner of the contest a trophy or box full of creepy treats.

6. Drive-thru Spooky experience

This depends on where you live, but check out your local Nextdoor for a map of houses that are decorated for Halloween in your area. Make a map and go explore. If you’re in Los Angeles this list shows you all the witch houses in the area. Los Angeles even has a Stranger Things Drive-into experience which still has tickets available.

7. Cook some spooky food

As you have probably noticed, the internet is full of great Halloween recipes. Some of the best I have seen are here and here. For my contribution, here are the recipes for my two favorite Halloween Pizzas!

Ghost pizza 

You will need: 

Premade pizza dough 

Fresh mozzarella 

Shredded mozzarella 

Orange or red bell pepper 

Oregano

A straw

Your favorite red pizza sauce 

Instructions: 

Preheat oven to 450*F

Form your dough into a circle or rectangle on a floured surface and place on a pizza pan or a cookie sheet. 

Without adding any toppings place in oven and cook for 5 minutes. 

While the dough is in the oven cut up your fresh mozzarella into large circles. With the warmth of your hands form each circle into the shape of ghosts. Set aside. 

Take out pizza from oven and add red sauce, shredded mozzarella and more red sauce. Place your fresh Mozzarella ghosts on top. Place back in oven for 15 minutes. While pizza is cooking use the straw to cut out circles in a slice of bell pepper. These will be the eyes for your ghosts. Once the pizza is cooked and out of the oven add the bell pepper eyes to the ghosts. Sprinkle with a bit of oregano, slice up and enjoy! 

Witches’ blood pizza 

You will need: 

Premade pizza dough.

Premade Pesto 

2 tomatoes

Shredded Mozzarella 

Basil 

Balsamic glaze 

Burrata cheese

Black pepper

Instructions: 

Preheat oven to 450*F

Form your dough into a circle on a floured surface and place on pizza pan or cookie sheet. 

Without adding any toppings place in oven and cook for 5 minutes. 

While the dough is in the oven cut up your tomatoes into large wedges. 

Take precooked dough out of the oven and add a layer of mozzarella, pesto and tomatoes.

Place in oven again for 15 minutes. Take pizza out of oven. While pizza is still hot add dollops of burrata, strips of basil and extra pesto. Once pizza has cooled down a bit add a drizzle of balsamic glaze and top with some black pepper. Cut into slices and serve! 

8. Halloween Piñata

Buy or make a Halloween piñata with your family and fill it with your favorite candy. Take turns hitting it from youngest to oldest to break it and collect the candy!

9. Host a virtual murder mystery party

Out of all the ideas on this list, this one needs the most preparation. I recommend buying a prepared murder mystery on Etsy. Invite people weeks in advance as you will need to let them know about their character and they will need to find a costume that matches their character. As a tip, don’t read ahead so that you are as surprised as your guests when the murderer is revealed!

10. Creepy ghost story night

Set up a creepy area outside in your backyard or form an indoor Halloween fort in your living room. Ambiance is everything. The darker and spookier the better. Take turns telling ghost or spooky stories.

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