As we talked about on Monday Fall has arrived! Now that it is officially October, it is officially Halloween season! If you’re anything like me then you like to celebrate the holiday allllll month long. I know this has been a difficult topic this year as Trick-or-Treating, along with other traditional activities, is out of the question for many. Today, I’d like to provide a few other options to still keep you in the Halloween spirit AND safe from COVID (and other virus’s bc ew it’s almost flu season!!)
Pumpkin carving contest
Depending on where you are located, if the weather is nice enough then you can host a pumpkin carving party at home in your back yard! Or even over Zoom for friends/family that live out of state or are high risk. This is a fun way to get everyone in the Halloween/Fall spirit and easily socially distant. Plus you can hold a contest with awards for Spookiest, most realistic, funniest, etc. Here is a link to my pinterest board for inspiration!
PS. Get non-toxic acrylic paint and a painters tarp for the littles to join in as well!
Caravan to fall foliage
While this one is not exactly “Halloween” explicitly, it can be depending on where you decide to go! Just get all the families/households in different cars, use radios or your phone to communicate and take a drive up the mountains to see the beautiful fall colors!
Zoom scary movie night
Nothing says Halloween like a scary movie marathon, and while it might not be the best idea to get all your friends cuddled under the covers in your living room (Hint: its NOT) you can still enjoy movies together using Netflix party. Just download the free browser extension, (virtually) grab a group of friends and pick your poison!
This is perfect for those who just really don’t feel like getting out of the house, but still wanna feel spooky all around them! I always feel so much more in the “spirit” of things once my house is fully decorated! It doesn’t have to blow your budget either, there are tons of DIY ways to decorate, hey even a pack of that cobweb stuff strung around some trees can go pretty far in creating a “spook factor.”
Here is a link to my Pinterest board with tons of DIY projects and ideas!
Costume contest parade with prizes
If there is one thing that came out of COVID that warms my heart is people really appreciating time spent together, and taking effort to go and see the people they care about. We’ve seen Happy Birthday parades, Graduation parades, Mother’s Day parades, you name it. Now it’s time for Halloween! My idea is to have one house be the “judges” and they sit outside with dry erase boards and give rankings for each participant. Now you could either dresss the kids up and let them walk down the road (keep saftey in mind here please!!) or dress your car up and rate the cars! Just be creative, whatever works for you, your situation and your family.
Oh and of course make sure you have premade sealed treat bags for prizes, duh!
Almost anywhere in the country you can find a good ghost story, though some places are better than others if you live somewhere that offers them this is a great way to get spooked from a distant! If you take a guided walking tour, you’re outside and can easily social distance. If you take a self-guided tour you can get even more creeped out by going solo or with a friend. Here is a link to some of my favorite ghost tours!
Escape rooms (virtual)
Many escape rooms have opened back up and are strictly limiting parties to those in your group, meaning you’ll never be paired with strangers and the rooms are sanitized between groups. Pick the right kind of escape room and this is a great way to have fun and celebrate the season! If you’re still uneasy on going in public, there are also escape rooms that offer virtual sessions! Even better since now you can cuddle up next to a scary movie at home and try to find your way out!
Here is a link to book one of my favorite escape rooms in Pigeon Forge!
Creeping of your packages
Okay I know it’s cheesy but I thought it was just too cute of an idea not to mention it!! This is great for those with small children or those with loved ones far away. It’s super easy and can be as inexpensive or complex as you like! Just head to the dollar store (or if you’re like me, Target dollar section) and pick up some Halloween decorations, favorite candy, and a cute treat bag/basket to put it all in then hand them out! You can treat it like “reverse Trick-or-Treating” and put on in all your friend’s mailboxes (with a signed note of course) or throw them in the mail as a surprise!
I’m sure there are many more ways to safely get in the Halloween spirit, I’d love to hear some of your ideas in the comments! Stay tuned for Friday when we get back on the travel bus, or van rather, when Van Life: Episode One comes out! Sorry it took so long, but I wanted to make sure I had ALL the best information for you guys (plus some freebies!!)
Be sure to subscribe to the blog as I have tons more Halloween and Fall themed content coming your way, and don’t worry I keep the travel theme in there as well.
Till next time, creep it real and don’t get scared. (If you know what that’s from I love you omg)