Things look a little different this year for Halloween and unfortunately that means for a lot people we have to alter the way we do things on October 31st to celebrate. Kids have had to lose out on a lot this past year from seeing their school friends, to seeing friends and family, cancelling holidays, smaller birthday parties etc., I feel the need to make Halloween special this year for them. Here is how you do Halloween during Covid for kids!
- Dress up! Even if no one gets to see their costumes in person, they can still dress up and celebrate Halloween. They could also do a Halloween fashion show, going through the dress up box and trying on different costumes, then picking their favourite.
- Decorate! This year I went all out on decor for Halloween. Partly because I love decorating for holidays and the kids love it too, but also because I fully expected them to be at home learning by now. Fingers crossed they get to safely remain in school! I bought most of my stuff at My Minds Eye Paper Goods. They are an American company, but myself and a friend of mine shared shipping and duty when they had their big sale on last month. Most items were $2-$3 each and everything is high quality and from good brands. I also stocked up on birthday supplies.
- Music! I love holiday themed music and when I went to find a playlist, I struggled to find one with all the songs I wanted on it. So I made one instead on Spotify. It’s called Halloween Music For Kids. Play it while they do the activities below
- Scavenger Hunt! Hide their Halloween candy and give them a chance to take part in a Scavenger Hunt. I printed out free Halloween themed Scavenger Hunt Clue Cards from http://www.thebestideasforkids.com. I cut them out and the scavenger hunt is ready to go! For little kids (like mine) I will need to come with them and read the cards, but I’m excited to be part of the fun!
- Bake Halloween Cookies! If you don’t want to go the traditional Halloween candy route, you could bake Halloween cookies together and use them for the scavenger hunt. I bought these cookie cutters last year from Winners but you can find some similar ones here (if you have Amazon Prime, you can get them tomorrow). I also bought Black Gel Icing for the black parts of the cookies like ghost eyes and mouth, bats, spider webs etc. I found a recipe for making royal icing from Sally’s Baking Addiction, which is the best kind to use for decorating sugar cookies. The extra ingredient they put in is merengue powder to make the icing easier to work with but not super hard to bite into. The recipe is HERE. Here’s a link for the Merengue Power I you don’t already have it.
- Halloween Craft! If you don’t end up making cookies but want to get creative, do a Halloween craft. I found this one which I thought was super cute and we have an abundance of rocks to use. You can make them magnets like the tutorial or just paint them and save them for displaying for Halloweens to come.
- Carve a Pumpkin! We usually do the Jack O’Lanterns early but you could save the carving for Halloween day instead.
- Dinner by Candlelight! In fact, once it gets dark, you can do everything by candlelight. Pull out all the candles you have and light them up! The kids will love it. We plan to keep things simple for dinner and order in, their favourite pizza.
- Halloween Movie! The last thing we plan to do is get cozy under the blankets together and watch a Halloween movie (by candlelight) and eat popcorn. We will likely choose Hocus Pocus (available to rent on some On Demand TV subscriptions or on Disney Plus) as both the kids love it but Casper, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Hotel Transylvania, The Addams Family, Frankenweenie and Coraline are also some options.
There you have it! Lots of ideas to make Halloween During Covid For Kids a special day if trick or treating was cancelled in your area!
See what we dressed up as last year HERE