Is Trick-or-treating cancelled this year? Find out how you can celebrate Halloween
COVID-safe ideas for Halloween and alternatives to Trick-or-treating
Now that most kids are back at school and life is slowly getting back to some kind of normal, many families are turning their attention to events and gatherings traditionally celebrated in the second half of the year. But wait! It’s 2020 and COVID-19 has changed the way we do pretty much everything. I mean, the idea of dropping my kids off at school with a facemask on would’ve seemed far fetched last year. Not anymore.
So, have Halloween and Christmas and everything fun we have ever done been cancelled this year? Of course not. Albert Einstein once said ‘in the midst of every crisis lies great opportunity’. And nobody is more creative than a parent determined to keep the magic alive for their kids. There are many COVID-safe alternatives for Halloween this year. Keep reading if you’d like to find out more.
There are a few events still running in Dorset with social-distancing measures in place. We’ll publish a blog with a summary next week. So stay tuned!
The Great Dorset Pumpkin Trail
Halloween pumpkin trail Dorset
If you are a Facebook user you’ve probably come across this group. It only started a few weeks ago and has quickly attracted more than 14K members. You can find it here.
Here’s how it works according to the group’s public description: ‘During the half-term week please could everyone put a picture of a pumpkin in their window, like we did with the rainbows. We can then take the kids around, dressed up, to search for pumpkins. Every time they see one we can put sweets in their baskets for them‘.
You’ll be able to check if anyone on your street is taking part by going through the group’s comment threads. There’s a thread for every area in Dorset. Look for streets near you.
We love this idea at Poole Mumbler! It shows great community spirit and you don’t need to leave your own neighbourhood.
‼️Please follow social distancing guidelines at all times while taking part.
Would you like to take part? We have our own Halloween Activity Pack. Colour one of the black and white designs or print one in colour if you are in a rush. Download here: Poole Mumbler Halloween Activity Pack.
Other COVID-safe ideas to celebrate Halloween at home
Spooky movie night: This is definitely something we’ll be doing this year. As the nights are getting darker I cannot wait to snuggle up with the family and have a proper film night. Make some yummy spooky treats and hot drinks and enjoy a cosy night. Here are a few family-friendly films you could watch:
The Addams Family
The Haunted Mansion
The Corpse Bride
‼️Please check the age guidance before choosing a film and assess if your little ones will be ok with the content.
Throw a spooky party: Why not have a bit of fun in your support bubble? Here are a few ideas to make it special.
Halloween decorations: You can buy some cheap ones if you don’t have time or get the kids busy with some artistic creations. We love these paper plate spiders, and ghost balloons but the options are endless. Check Pinterest for inspiration.
Home-made fancy dresses: You don’t need to spend lots of money on Halloween costumes. Check out these naughty robbers. Or this scarecrow.
Scary food and bakes. There are so many recipes to try online. Get the kids involved and make yummy treats.
Halloween games: How about setting up a Spooky Halloween Trail around your house? (see below). Or Halloween bowling?
Set up a spooky Halloween trail at home: Use the example below or write your own trail clues to suit your family.
Spooky Halloween Trail at home!
Make a Halloween TikTok video: We love making funny videos on TikTok with our kids – always under adult supervision. If you are a TikTok user, we’d love to see your videos. Please share them in our Facebook group if you are happy to do so. Let’s put a smile on each other’s faces and support each other.
Spooky science experiments: Bored kids? Too much screen time? Science experiments are a great solution at any time of the year. Try this slime recipe or any of the spooky ideas here.
Pick and carve your own pumpkin: Keep an eye at Poole Mumbler next week. We’ll publish our favourite places in Dorset to Pick-Your-Own pumpkins and we’ll share with you easy design ideas.
Disclaimer: Special thanks to our sister sites York Mumbler and Calderdale Mumbler for sharing some of these fantastic ideas with us. If you have family or friends living in these areas, make sure you tell them about Mumbler.