Halloween is going to look a lot different this year, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a flop! Whether you are still trick or treating, celebrating just you and the kids, or having a Zoom Halloween party with your friends and family, there are so many fun ways to celebrate!
We don’t know about you, but our kids have been looking forward to Halloween since Labor Day. There’s no way we’re going to let them down! Here are some of our favorite ideas for celebrating this year…
Celebrate Halloween from the comfort of your own home.
Make scary-good treats to share
Trick or treating may be all about the candy, but this holiday has so much more to offer than a sugar rush and a new cavity. This year, we’re going to be making Candy Corn Fruit Parfaits for a fresh, nutritious snack, and the kids already tested out Ghost and Mummy Banana Pops on our IGTV. They were a hit!
Candy Corn Fruit Parfaits
These super cute parfaits take about 10 minutes (unless you’re letting the kids do the prep, then maybe give it a bit longer) and they look just like candy corn!
(Thanks to Life in the Lofthouse for the pic)
Mandarin Oranges (or your favorite orange variety – if you use larger oranges, cut the slices in half or thirds so they’re smaller and fit better in the cup)
Whipped Cream or Plain/Vanilla Yogurt
Candy Corn (optional if you want to garnish)
Clear plastic cups or small mason jars
All you have to do is layer the pineapple chunks on the bottom of the cup and then the orange slices. Top with a dollop of whipped cream or yogurt, and you have your yellow, orange, white candy corn stripes! If you really love actual candy corn, you can garnish with a couple on the top. They’re small. We won’t judge.
Throw your own Halloween Party
Halloween activities can be fun without being over the top expensive or lots of work!
Dress Up to Stay In
There’s no reason why you can’t get dressed up, even if you aren’t going out! Though maybe this is a good year to make your own costumes, or shop each other’s closets, instead of buying expensive costumes from the store.
Paint Spooky Rocks
Pumpkins, ghosts, Frankenstein, zombies, mummies...let them get creative! Then you can use the rocks for a spooky game of tic tac toe, or you can leave them at a nearby park or trail to give your neighbors a fright!
Poke a Pumpkin
This one does take a little prep beforehand, but it’s so adorable! You’ll need some plastic cups that you can tuck a (non-candy) treat inside, cover the top with orange tissue paper and attach with a rubber band. Then glue the bottom of the cups to a piece of foam board or wood – whatever you have lying around.
Your kids can “poke” out each section of the pumpkin and find a prize! You can treat it like a little mini pinata and do it all at once or use it as a countdown to Halloween calendar and only “poke” one a day!
Give Back for Halloween
Sometimes Halloween can feel like a “give-me” holiday, but it’s also a really good time to teach your kids about giving back to those in need.
If you do decide to buy a new costume – or if you have some from years past collecting dust – you can donate those gently used costumes to Ween Dream, and they’ll distribute them to children of families in need that otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford them. Unfortunately they’re unable to accept donations right now due to COVID, but hang tight, because they hope to open again soon! Check back at their website for updates and donation instructions. http://www.weendream.org/donation-instructions
Trick or Treat for Unicef
…is going virtual! That’s right! Even if you aren’t trick or treating, your kids can still collect donations online. Learn more at their website: https://www.unicefusa.org/trick-or-treat
Don’t want your kids eating all that candy? Did you score a big bag of candy at the store on sale? Operation Shoebox is a fun organization that accepts your donated candy and shares it with heroes at home and worldwide. Learn how to donate here: https://www.operationshoebox.com/how-you-can-help/candy-donations/
We hope you have a fang-tastic time!
Between suspended clubs and activities, postponed playdates, remote learning and wearing masks…our kiddos have had it rough lately. Let’s make this Halloween one that they’ll remember because it was awesome, and not because it was cancelled.