Halloween is one of the most anticipated holidays every year for its otherworldliness and ability it provides you to be someone else, even if just for a couple of hours. It’s marked by candy, masks, and Fall food. So, just because Halloween may be looking a bit different this year during a pandemic, that doesn’t mean you have to skip the holiday altogether.
While Trick-or-Treating will look a lot different, if it exists at all, there are always caveats that come to having fun.
Here are some ways you can tap into the spooky spirit from the comfort of your home.
Host a Spooktacular Virtual Party
Let’s face it, we’ve all spent half of our year on Zoom anyways, so why not make it a party? Have everyone decorate their space, hang up some orange lighting, and dress in costume. You can even take your virtual get-together a step further by holding it on the app House Party so you can play games like you would in person.
Bake a Pie
When in doubt, just eat your feelings. There’s nothing that can cure the pandemic blues like a warm, homemade pie with a side of vanilla ice cream. Whether you want to stick to one pie or make multiple, test out your baking skills on blueberry, pumpkin, pecan, or apple pies.
Host a Trick-or-Treat Scavenger Hunt
If you have any kiddos, this season is especially difficult when they feel like all their fun has been sucked away. They can’t put on their highly anticipated costume and parade around the neighbourhood showing off who they are for the night. But just because they have to socially distance themselves, that doesn’t mean they can’t still celebrate. Enjoy this Halloween Easter-egg style by filling up eggs with candy and hiding them around your home. It could even be your newest tradition that can stick around for future generations, too!
Have a Movie Marathon – Duh
One of the best parts of the spooky season is all the great movies that come from it. Whether you love a classic horror like The Shining or Halloween, or something sweet like Casper or The Addam’s Family, it’s easy to get into the scary spirit. So, sit back, grab some candy corn, throw on a cosy blanket, and get ready to enter the house of spook.
If you’re going to be stuck inside, you might as well make your space a spooky sanctuary. If you find that you have extra time on your hands, break out your trusty Pinterest board and look up some DIY crafts fit for Halloween. Make it a pumpkin and skeleton takeover in your home that you can be extra proud of because you made it all with your own hands. You can either do this alone or you can invite friends and family into your little craft corner.
The takeaway from this season is that it’s all that you make of it. It’s all about rolling with the punches and doing the best you can to make it special for you and everyone you love. Happy haunting!
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Larissa Hamblin is a digital writer based in Brooklyn.