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10 Socially Distanced Halloween Party Ideas for Adults!

by Justine Haemmerli October 13, 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 adults - and here, 10 ideas for families/kids - 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 Adults

(via Spooky Little Halloween)

Spooky Little Halloween has a whole blog post with 17 ideas for what to include in a cute care package to send to friends this Halloween.


Between missing each other's company, and staring into computer screens all day long, the thrill of a little snail mail gift treat coming to your door is even more special than usual these days!


Some of my favorite suggestions I've seen include:

  • Halloween Movies
  • Kitschy Halloween Jewelry
  • Little pre-made Halloween craft kids (think paint your wooden own door sign craft kit from Michael's)
  • Tiny costume (think cat ears, stick on mustache)
  • Cookies and candy!

2. Not-Too-Scary Halloween Movie + Popcorn

(Check out our Pinterest board for lists & recipes)

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.

3. Host a Lifting the Veil Party


Halloween invites us to explore the relationship between our everyday life, and the magic that lies just beyond our normal day to day awareness. As the curtain between our world and the "world beyond" thins, we can "lift the veil" and access our intuition, connect with the magic around us, and experience ourselves in new and exciting ways.


If this sounds intriguing but also like "huh?" then you're in the right place! We have created a guided journaling activity that you can do on your own, or with a partner or group.


Each includes free printable templates, and a guide for the activity, so you could make this into a really unique and special Halloween party - either in person, or virtually.


Head on over to get what suits you:

(Oh - and while this activity does use our Card Decks, don't worry - we have videos and photos linked in the activity itself, so you can use our deck until you get your own!)

4. Pumpkin Beer Tasting

(via Spooky Little Halloween)

This can be a socially distanced party, or a virtual one. Get a selection of pumpkin beers to sample and rate with your friends, or send out the list ahead f time and have everyone do the tasting virtually!


Spooky Little Halloween has a post with suggested brews and a free downloadable score card you can use too, which is pretty amazing. Pick 5 beers to try, and take it a step further by doing a blind tasting with cute decorated paper bags covering the bottles with a number on each to distinguish it on the rating card.


You can even make decorating the bags part of the kitschy party fun! Reveal which beer was under which numbered bag at the end of the tasting to uncover the winners and losers.

5. Halloween Journaling for 31 Days - with Yourself, or Sharing with Friends as a Challenge Together

Via Girls Gone Happy

Halloween is a holiday that invites us to connect with magic, spirituality, our intuition, and the other side.


To help guide you through this, we created a list of 31 journal prompts you can use every day of the month to get to know the mystical and knowing side of yourself.


You can also transform these posts into a party easily and simply by following the free journaling activity outlined here, downloading our free Virtual Group Guide and using the prompts with it, or incorporating them into any of the partner and group guides listed here.

6. Do a Personal Ritual to Clear Stories of the Dead for Yourself


At the heart of Halloween's history is the idea of connecting with "stories of the dead," as the veil between our world and the "world beyond" thins during the holiday. While we can literally think about tales we have around folks who have passed, there are so many ways to observe Halloween in a manner that explores this idea of "stories of the dead" from creative, unexpected, and powerful new ways.


We here at Girls Gone Happy have created three different activities around this topic, each of which you can do on your own, or with a group. We'll be releasing them first to our email list (get on that if you're not yet!) and you can find the first installment here: Stories of the Dead - Rewriting Your Past.


This activity guides you step by step through an exploration of the stories you hold around people from your past - and takes you by the hand as you rewrite those stories to better serve your highest good, today.


It comes with free printable templates, and a free Group Guide if you'd like to make this an activity with friends.

Via Food and Wine & Spooky Little Halloween

Decadent, disgusting, delicious? You decide!


Spooky Little Halloween comes to the rescue again with an awesome post listing a ton of tasty and beautifully designed wines with spooky labels that are right on theme.


Candy pairings don't have to be limited to candy corn - unless that's your jam, in which case there's no shame in that game! Think about other grownup candy treats that could be great with wine, like:
  • candied ginger
  • salted or spiced chocolate
  • black licorice
  • toffee
  • raspberry chocolate
  • dark chocolate peanut butter cups

Food and Wine magazine also has a list of the 10 best grown-up Halloween candies, with some awesome and unique options.

8. Dog Costume Contest or Parade


Need I say more?


I think this one should basically be an addendum to any of the other nine ideas you try, because it is amazing.


I hosted a Halloween Fundraiser for our local animal shelter every year, which included a dog costume contest, and it was honestly better than seeing my children in costumes (sorry R & B)...


What's great about a Halloween Dog Costume Parade in 2020 is that it's easy to stay socially distanced, there are dogs in Halloween costumes, it's an outside activity, humans can easily cover faces with costumes or masks, and there are dogs in Halloween costumes.


Here are a few different ways you could organize this, depending on your living situation and comfort level:

  • Send a note out to neighbors via a local email list or printed flyer to suggest a date and time. If there is a neighborhood association where you live, you could contact them to ask if they'd like to help organize (I did mine through our neighborhood Civic Association, where I was a volunteer).

  • If organizing an outdoor pup gathering event feels unsafe, stressful, or not possible, you could also suggest a time for a walk and invite neighbors to come along, thereby making it a parade. Folks could walk from a designated spot to a local park, could walk down one main street in a socially distanced line, or there could be a little loop path like a 5k race that folks could walk between certain start and stop time. This would be a great thing to let neighbors with kids know about, so they can come out to gander at all the festooned puppers.

  • If an outside communal thing isn't in the cards, connect with any of your friends who have pets, and do a zoom dog costume contest. This also makes it easier to include cats and other pets who might not be outside friends. You can each show off your pet and then vote in a shared google drive spreadsheet or form for the winner. Combine this with the pumpkin beer or wine/candy party and you're golden.

9. Pumpkin Carving or Painting Crafternoon


This is a great socially distanced option for an in-person gathering, but could also be very fun to do over zoom.


If carving is too messy for you, try painting your pumpkin instead, or coloring it with permanent markers. I LOVE this idea from Jojotastic (pictured below) of painting your pumpkin like beautiful tiles - who says it needs to be "Halloweeny"?


Other ideas could include:
  • metallic markers
  • stickers!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • washi tape
  • stencils
  • feathers, gems, googly eyes

10. Buy Yourself Some Healing Tools that feel Mystical and Otherworldly and Help You Connect with Your Intuition


Now is the perfect time to give yourself some treats that help you to connect with your intuition, your personal sense of magic, and/or your spirituality.

  • Healing Crystals - if you're not sure where to start, this book The Crystal Bible was very helpful to me as I added more crystals to my collection as I built a Reiki practice a few years back and needed a repertoire for more clients' needs. You can choose crystals from it and go find them at a store, or bring this little book with you while crystal shopping, and look up any stones you're drawn to while at the store.

  • A reading of your birthchart that can help you see what the stars mapped out for your personality, predilections, and course of life at the time you were born. Our friend Danielle Mercurio does amazing readings, as well as various full moon rituals, meditations, and other astrological products for sale



  • Our Card Decks - select whichever Card Deck meets your needs at this exact moment. If you're feeling stuck, start with the Clarity Deck. If you're going through a transition, try the Loss Deck. If you're grappling with parenting or healing around being mothered, use the Motherhood Deck. If you are desiring money magic and ready to take control of your relationship to your finances, get the Money Deck.

There you have it, friends! 10 ideas for you to enjoy this Halloween 2020 style, social distanced style.


If you enjoyed this, make sure to hop on our email list as we send out tons of free activities, and weekly blog posts, to all our amazing subscribers.


Also, if you'd like 10 socially distanced Halloween ideas for families and kids, we've got an awesome resource-packed post on that over here.


Let us know which of these 10 socially distanced Halloween party ideas for adults you try - stay safe, have fun, get magical, and have a wonderful Halloween friends!

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.
  • 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 invites us to explore the relationship between our everyday life, and the magic that lies just beyond our normal day to day awareness. As the curtain between our world and the "world beyond" thins, we can "lift the veil" and access our intuition, connect with the magic around us, and experience ourselves in new and exciting ways.
  • Get a selection of pumpkin beers to sample and rate with your friends, or send out the list ahead f time and have everyone do the tasting virtually! Spooky Little Halloween has a post with suggested brews and a free downloadable score card you can use too, which is pretty amazing. Pick 5 beers to try, and take it a step further by doing a blind tasting with cute decorated paper bags covering the bottles with a number on each to distinguish it on the rating card.
  • Halloween is a holiday that invites us to connect with magic, spirituality, our intuition, and the other side. To help guide you through this, we created a list of 31 Journal Prompts you can use every day of the month to get to know the mystical and knowing side of yourself.
  • At the heart of Halloween's history is the idea of connecting with "stories of the dead," as the veil between our world and the "world beyond" thins during the holiday. While we can literally think about tales we have around folks who have passed, there are so many ways to observe Halloween in a manner that explores this idea of "stories of the dead" from creative, unexpected, and powerful new ways.
  • What's great about a Halloween Dog Costume Parade in 2020 is that it's easy to stay socially distanced, there are dogs in Halloween costumes, it's an outside activity, humans can easily cover faces with costumes or masks, and there are dogs in Halloween costumes.
  • Pumpkin Carving - This is a great socially distanced option for an in-person gathering, but could also be very fun to do over zoom. If carving is too messy for you, try painting your pumpkin instead, or coloring it with permanent markers. I LOVE this idea from Jojotastic (pictured below) of painting your pumpkin like beautiful tiles - who says it needs to be "Halloweeny"?
  • Our Card Decks - select whichever Card Deck meets your needs at this exact moment. If you're feeling stuck, start with the Clarity Deck. If you're going through a transition, try the Loss Deck. If you're grappling with parenting or healing around being mothered, use the Motherhood Deck. If you are desiring money magic and ready to take control of your relationship to your finances, get the Money Deck.
Justine Haemmerli
Justine Haemmerli

Educator, Consultant, Founder of Girls Gone Happy


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