Halloween is around the corner, and we know how exciting it can be to dig into some candy and enjoy the cooler weather outside. While Halloween might look a little different this year, we have some ideas for you and your family to have a safe and successful Quarantine-O-Ween.
- Halloween Movie Fest
There is nothing spookier than cuddling up with your family on the couch to watch kid-friendly Halloween movies! Watch your child’s favorite Halloween movie together or even a movie based on what costume they decide to wear. You can make the night even more special with some bewitched Halloween popcorn! Find a recipe by Two Sisters Crafting here.
- Socially-Distant Bingo
You can play bingo at home or at a safe distance around your neighborhood using our bingo sheet! You can play indoors by hiding Halloween-themed items around your house and helping your child cross the items off of the bingo card. If you and your child prefer to play outside, you can take a walk or drive through your neighborhood together and mark off any Halloween decorations that you see outside of your neighbor’s houses.
- Online Costume Party
Who said that you can’t party on Halloween? Virtually gather your child’s friends and loved ones via a group video chat. You can ask everyone to wear costumes and vote for their favorite one, play some Halloween tunes for a dance party, and even screen share or Youtube Party a storytime like this one by ELF Kids Videos.
- Make Spooky Treats
Making spooky treats can be a great way to spend some time together while teaching life skills to your child. You can even practice words and sounds with each ingredient that you add. As a bonus, if you decide to make cookies, shaping the cookie dough can be a sensory experience before baking.
- At-Home Activities
At-home activities are always a great way to make any day special. Search online for activities that your child may enjoy, like Halloween Oobleck! This is one of our favorite activities, as it becomes a STEM activity once the mixture transitions between a liquid and a solid. You can put the oobleck into a bin with your child’s favorite sensory items and plastic Halloween toys to make a sensory bin. All it takes is two parts cornstarch, one part water, and a few drops of food coloring to create. This Active Littles recipe is great for making this concoction that plays with the states of matter.
For more ideas on how to have low-risk Halloween fun, check out the CDC’s holiday tip site here.