Halloween Fun…Even in Times of Covid!
Halloween is right around the corner and we have quite the conundrum on our hands. To trick-or-treat? Or not to trick-or-treat? That is the question. I have spent far too much time debating this decision with the voices in my head. I haven’t arrived at a final decision yet, BUT, in the event that we skip it this year, I still want my kiddos to have a great time. I’m not one to skip a celebration, so I put together some festive ideas that will be equally as fun. And really, isn’t it just about the candy anyway?
Halloween-y Egg Hunt!
OK, first up, a twist on an Easter egg hunt. My kids LOVE an egg hunt. I’m not sure if it’s the loot in the eggs or the competition aspect that gets them so fired up, but say the words ‘egg hunt’ and they will come bounding out of their rooms, baskets in hand. (Fun fact: We have been known to have egg hunts at birthday parties at random times of the year.) This can be done as simply as you want, heck, you don’t even need eggs. Just hide candy around the yard and let them go crazy. But in case you do want to be over the top, halloween-themed eggs are a thing.
Similar to the egg hunt, a scavenger hunt is a great option for kids who are a little older. This can be played a couple different ways. You can provide riddles, each one leading to the next clue with a big prize at the end. I found a very cute printable option here. Another way to do a scavenger hunt is to provide a list of things your little ghosts and goblins have to find (inside, outside, or even on your street) and whoever finds them all first gets a special prize. Here is an example to get you started.
Trick or Treat…Your Own House!
A friend of mine grew up way out in the country, so trick-or-treating wasn’t really an option. Instead of driving to the few houses around them, they would trick or treat their own house! The house had several exterior doors, so they would make laps around the house and visit each door, gathering candy from the adult stationed at each door. If you’re friendly with your neighbors or have any families you feel comfortable visiting, you could do this at their houses too!
My niece and nephews were in town recently, and since it wasn’t quite Halloween, trick-or-treating was a moot point. Everyone wanted to get dressed up in their costumes and celebrate anyway, since we wouldn’t be together on the actual day. In lieu of walking the neighborhood and collecting whatever apples and breath mints people had sitting around three weeks before Halloween, we decided to host a talent show. Each child dressed in his or her costume, and each adult got a bucket of candy. The kids all took turns performing whatever they wanted, a song, a dance, there was a rather alarming WWE wrestler entrance, we never knew what was coming next. When each child was done with their performance, they went around to the adults and collected candy. It was a blast and the kids loved it! The ensemble performance at the end was the best part…it’s not every day that Tinkerbell, a genie, Elsa, a witch, a WWE wrestler, and some kind of Fortnite zombie thing all get together and dance!
Whatever you do for Halloween, have fun and be safe! And don’t forget to check for razor blades in your candy apples, or whatever that old wives tales is… Did I miss any unique Halloween celebration ideas? I’d love to hear them! Pop over to Instagram or Facebook @islandprep and tell me!
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