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10 Socially Distanced Halloween Parties for Kids!

by Justine Haemmerli October 12, 2020


Halloween has been co-opted by parents (sorry about that) but it’s about WAY more than candy corn and slutty cat costumes.


At its heart, Halloween is a time for us to recognize the magical and mystical around us, realize how closely we live in connection to the “other side,” and give us opportunities to connect with our intuition and with the unknown that walks beside us, thinly veiled, everyday.


I’ve spent the past few weeks sifting through tons of blogs and articles about ways to make Halloween this year memorable, meaningful, and fun - even though 2020 is a whole bunch of bad and weird, there are still tons of ways to make this holiday special this year while staying safe.


Here you'll find ten ideas for families & kids - and here, 10 ideas for adults - picked from over 50 blogs I’ve read to choose the creme de la creme for you.


If you’d like more ideas, lists, visual inspiration and more, head over to my Halloween 2020 Pinterest Page where I’ve got all the ideas included below saved, as well as lots of other posts for you to enjoy.


PS - If you’re looking for major Halloween inspiration, I would definitely head over to Spooky Little Halloween, a blog I discovered which is well written, tasteful, and Halloween obsessed. Like, 365 days a year.


I was surprised by how engaged I was since this is a LOT of Halloween to read about, but Miranda’s blog is beautifully designed, fun to read, and full of great suggestions, a few of which I include below and have on my
Halloween 2020 Pinterest board.


Definitely just head over there if you want a ton of inspiration, I really enjoyed reading her listicles!

10 Socially Distanced Halloween Party Ideas for Kids & Families


This is a super sweet idea for local families and friends, as well as ones who are far away. Put together Halloween packages and either arrange a festive and socially distanced pickup/exchange party, or mail them to friends in other places. You can of course include candy and homemade spooky treats, but other ideas include:

  • Halloween pencils
  • Halloween stickers
  • Halloween temporary tattoos
  • Halloween movies/DVDs
  • A simple craft (like a dollar store paint kit and a fake pumpkin)
  • Tiny costumes (think a bunny nose, stick-on moustache, or unicorn headband)

If you're doing this with friends who are far-away, arrange with their adults to send you a package, and then have a zoom call - in costume, of course - where you open each other's packages and rejoice over all the tricks and treats inside.


This is a great option if you have a bunch of kids you want to get together, but you'd also like to create activities that can maintain some distance, and give them something special to look forward to if trick-or-treating is off the table.


You can make this a fashion show, or a contest, depending on your kids' ages and preferences. Get an tablecloth at the dollar store to use as a runway, and find some fun silly Halloween music (if you need inspiration, check out our Pinterest board where you'll find a few Halloween playlists to make your life easier!)


If you make it a contest, you can have awards for the scariest, the most creative, the silliest, and the most outrageous costume. You can get Halloween necklaces at the dollar stores as a medallion, or combine little crowns and some Halloween decorations. Try to think of as many categories as there are kids, so everyone can get a little award - 2020's been rough, man, and those kids need all the specialness they can get!


So this one might be a sugar high complete dumpster fire- OR, it might be the best night your family every had! I'll let you decide.


I might save this one for friends whose kids have had it real rough with quarantine, or who are generally great sleepers. Mine will probably be up for three days if we do it - but it sounds so fun I might just take that risk!


You can make easy orange and black ice cream a la Love in My Oven (pictured below), or try any of these other awesome ideas (all of which you can find recipes and guides for on our Pinterest Page:

  • Green witch cone treat
  • Monster googly eye swirly ice cream
  • Red frothy vampire ice cream soda
  • Black goth ice cream


This is a sweet idea for an outside community gathering that is festive and socially distanced. Create a backdrop for photos, and invite families to take pictures in front of it.


I did this for a fundraiser in my old neighborhood in Philly raising money for a local animal shelter - we paired it with a dog costume contest, took polaroid photos in front of a backdrop, and had an area where kids could decorate little foam photo frames with halloween stickers and glitter markers.


This is a super sweet way to create a keepsake and make a neighborhood event that makes it easy to keep your distance.


Make decorating a community project. Maybe you and your neighbors come up with a theme and all riff on it. Maybe you choose one night to all decorate the outside of your homes, and play some music and have some snacks out while you do it.


If you live in a city/apartment building, you could organize neighbors to all put similar cutouts of pumpkins or flying bats in their windows, or collaborate to have these enormous spiders from Better Homes and Gardens(pictured below) covering the outside of your buildings (each neighbor could put one right by their window).

6. Watch a Not-Too-Scary Halloween Movie with Halloween Popcorn

via our Pinterest Board


I don't like scary movies - but I love Halloween movies! Hocus Pocus, Death Becomes Her, The Craft, and Beetlejuice would be my personal favorites (Ok, those last three still scare me... but I'd do it anyway...).


We've got about 10 different lists of not too spooky movies on our Pinterest board, and I would pair them with some delicious "Halloweeny Popcorn," or just some caramel corn.


The recipe from Home is Where the Boat Is (pictured below) looks incredibly insanely decadently sweet and salty and terrible for you and I'm here for it.


Pro-Tip:
While your kids are watching their movie with their friends, you and YOUR friends can have your own festivities. Check out our list of 10 adult Halloween party ideas here. We highly suggest #3-#7 as great options for doing something special, festive, and meaningful that realistically can be done while your kids watch a movie.

7. Do a Halloween Scavenger Hunt


This is what my family is doing this Halloween! Think an Easter Egg Hunt meet Trick or Treating, and you have my vision for a Halloween scavenger hunt.


For older kids, you could make this a proper scavenger hunt, with a little bingo card of items they need to find.


For my toddler and pre-schooler, we're going more the easter egg hunt route. In a local park, we'll be hiding little pumpkin buckets with candies, Halloween pencils, stickers, etc.


Each child will get a little trick or treat basket, and they'll have to find the buckets hidden behind trees and rocks and benches and fill their little baskets with the treats they discover.


We'll probably end the festivities with a costume fashion show, or some Halloween coloring with free printables I've saved to our Halloween 2020 Pinterest Board.


This will be such an interactive and exciting activity for them that I honestly think it will be more fun than trick or treating.... all the treats, minus creepy neighbors in lawn chairs drinking beer and yelling BOO and my children. Yes, please.

8. Make a Halloween Fort

via Cutefetti


Think classic blanket fort, but make it terrifying.


OK, maybe not terrifying - but festively spooky for sure!


This is a sweet option if you're very much keeping your distance from other folks, and are lookign for something you can do at home as a family without even having to socially distance.


You can add battery operated tea lights, leftover fake spider webs and any other decorations that didn't make it to the walls of your home. You can set it up like a little house and let your kids decorate the "outside" with a pumpkin by the "door," and anything else you might have outside the real home.


Inside, read some ghost stories, eat some candy corn, pretend to be zombies in your zombie hut... whatever Halloweening that get your kids excited! Bonus points if you leave the fort up for a few days or a week.


Pro Tip: while your kid(s)' playing in the fort, this is a perfect time for you to do your own little Halloween fun for yourself. I know that for me, doing a quiet activity is key if I don't want to attract the attention of my daughter and get sucked into a make believe game that will last an hour.


Same for you? We've got you!


Head over to our
31 Halloween Journal Prompts and choose the ones that resonate with you the most. You can deepen your writing by choosing one of our Question Cards after you respond to the prompt, and let the question guide you through different ways of considering what you're writing about.


Don't have a deck yet? You can use one of ours! Check out this video where we pull three cards and let you choose one.


These are so cute and awesome, I can't believe I'd never seen or thought of them before! Decorate a gingerbread house with candy, black and orange icing, purple and black icing, or tons of candy googly eyes.


Make them gruesome with shiny red blood-like icing, or adorable with candy corn.


We've got about 15 different ideas to choose from on our Pinterest Board, like this one pictured below from 12 Tomatoes,where you can get inspiration and directions for super simple houses to Victorian masterpieces.


There are so many cool science experiments you can do around Halloween, it's a perfect activity to do with your little one(s) . We have a ton of ideas with simple directions on our Halloween 2020 Pinterest Board - our favorite ones are:

  • Wizard's Potions
  • Ghost Eggs
  • Pumpkin Volcano
  • Spooky Frozen Trick or Treat Hands
  • Witches' Soap Potion

To make a whole evening of this, we'd do the experiment, clean up, and then do #6 - Halloween Movie - to let the kids calm down after the excitement of exploding goo - and to give you a chance to do your own grown-up Halloween fun by following along the Lifting the Veil Halloween Intuition activity we have for free,along with free printables you can work through and enjoy while your kids are watching Hocus Pocus.

BLOG SUMMARY:

  • At its heart, Halloween is a time for us to recognize the magical and mystical around us, realize how closely we live in connection to the “other side,” and give us opportunities to connect with our intuition and with the unknown that walks beside us, thinly veiled, everyday.
  • Trading Halloween Care Packages - If you're doing this with friends who are far-away, arrange with their adults to send you a package, and then have a zoom call - in costume, of course - where you open each other's packages and rejoice over all the tricks and treats inside.
  • You can make this a fashion show, or a contest, depending on your kids' ages and preferences. Get an tablecloth at the dollar store to use as a runway, and find some fun silly Halloween music (if you need inspiration, check out our Pinterest board where you'll find a few Halloween playlists to make your life easier!)
  • You can make easy orange and black ice cream a la Love in My Oven, or try any of these other awesome ideas (all of which you can find recipes and guides for on our Pinterest Page).
  • Create a backdrop for photos, and invite families to take pictures in front of it. This is a super sweet way to create a keepsake and make a neighborhood event that makes it easy to keep your distance.
  • Make decorating a community project. Maybe you and your neighbors come up with a theme and all riff on it. Maybe you choose one night to all decorate the outside of your homes, and play some music and have some snacks out while you do it.
  • I don't like scary movies - but I love Halloween movies! Hocus Pocus, Death Becomes Her, The Craft, and Beetlejuice would be my personal favorites (Ok, those last three still scare me... but I'd do it anyway...). We've got about 10 different lists of not too spooky movies on our Pinterest board, and I would pair them with some delicious "Halloweeny Popcorn," or just some caramel corn.
  • Halloween Scavenger Hunt - Think an Easter Egg Hunt meet Trick or Treating, and you have my vision for a Halloween scavenger hunt. For older kids, you could make this a proper scavenger hunt, with a little bingo card of items they need to find. For my toddler and pre-schooler, we're going more the easter egg hunt route. In a local park, we'll be hiding little pumpkin buckets with candies, Halloween pencils, stickers, etc. Each child will get a little trick or treat basket, and they'll have to find the buckets hidden behind trees and rocks and benches and fill their little baskets with the treats they discover.
  • Make a Halloween Fort. You can add battery operated tea lights, leftover fake spider webs and any other decorations that didn't make it to the walls of your home. You can set it up like a little house and let your kids decorate the "outside" with a pumpkin by the "door," and anything else you might have outside the real home.
  • Make a Haunted Gingerbread House. We've got about 15 different ideas to choose from on our Pinterest Board, like this one pictured below from 12 Tomatoes,where you can get inspiration and directions for super simple houses to Victorian masterpieces.
  • There are so many cool science experiments you can do around Halloween, it's a perfect activity to do with your little one(s) . We have a ton of ideas with simple directions on our Halloween 2020 Pinterest Board.

There you have it, friends! 10 ideas for you and your kids to enjoy this Halloween 2020 style, social distanced style. Let us know which you try - stay safe, have fun, get magical, and have a wonderful Halloween friends!

Justine Haemmerli
Justine Haemmerli

Educator, Consultant, Founder of Girls Gone Happy


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