As if this year hasn’t been rough enough for so many, especially the kids, we’re fast approaching Halloween, my girls’ favourite holiday, and it looks like Trick Or Treating isn’t going to happen in 2020. I get it, but the girls are already pestering me for what we ARE going to do for Halloween. To be fair, they have come up with some great ideas for Halloween in Lockdown themselves. So with a little help from Google, Pinterest and my girls here is a list of 20 ideas for Halloween in Lockdown! Forget trick or treating, these fantastically frightful Halloween ideas are great fun for the whole family … I think!

Have a Halloween Themed Movie Night!

This could have been a blog post on its own, but here are some awesome Halloween Movies for kids. Instead of going out Trick Or Treating, why not plan a scary movie night in, full of Halloween treats. Disney Plus has a great selection of Halloween movies to choose from, as do Netflix and the others, which of these do you fancy watching … in the dark, obviously!

15 Halloween Movies For Kids!

  • Disney Frankenweenie
  • Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Maleficent
  • Hocus Pocus (A classic in my opinion!)
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • Into The Woods (musical)
  • Descendents (1, 2 and 3 – we love them all!)
  • Zombies (1 & 2)
  • The Adams Family
  • Hotel Transylvania
  • Goosebumps
  • Room On The Broom
  • Paranorman
  • Corpse Bride
  • Casper (another classic)

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Food Ideas for Halloween in Lockdown

You could create a full-on buffet, or just a plate of snacks per family member. There are so many different ways of putting together Halloween themed food and snacks for a Halloween Party At Home. Here’s one from last year:

halloween food ideas for halloween in lockdown

We all know you can search the internet for some awesome Halloween themed treats to bake or cook for an epic Halloween Feast to enjoy. I’ve saved you the hassle and created a Pinterest board full of awesome Halloween Food ideas! Check it out by clicking the image below.

The Perfect Halloween Costume

I think we can all agree, Halloween costumes are one of the most important aspects of Halloween. Whether you decide to spend a fortune and go all out or pick up a costume at the supermarket, or maybe even DIY a Halloween costume, do it! Even though we’re having Halloween in lockdown, get your kids a Halloween costume. The best part about a Halloween costume is that they don’t have to be perfect – think perfectly imperfect!!

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Take Halloween Outdoors

Whilst we might not be able to do the traditional Trick Or Treating, there are loads of local outdoor attractions that are open. I’ve found the best way to search for local Halloween themed events is on Facebook. Most attractions (if they have a social media manager worth their salt) will have created a specific Facebook Event for their themed Halloween experience. These range from picking pumpkins, carving pumpkins, or even just a “scary” Halloween walk at your local nature reserve. So get on to Facebook and search for local Halloween events near you. You’ll be amazed at what’s available right on your doorstep.

Then once you’ve found the perfect Halloween day out, get the kids and yourself all dressed up and head off out. The kids love to show off their Halloween outfits and to see everyone else’s too.

Halloween out and about

Halloween Games and Activities To Play At Home

There are hundreds of games you can play at home, as we all know by now! All you have to do is add a Halloween element to them and the kids will love it. The one my girls are super excited to play it the Halloween Scavenger Hunt. Here are a few other ideas for Halloween in Lockdown:

  • Download and print off some Halloween activities
  • Wordsearches and colouring printables for Halloween
  • Unwrap the mummy … basically pass the parcel, you just wrap the parcel and sweets in toilet paper and keep adding to it until it looks like a mummy face.
  • Free Printable Halloween decor such as paper chains, wall decor and Halloween bunting.
  • The Spiders Web Obstacle Course – use streamers to create a web-like obstacle course in your passage/hallway, add a few (fake) spiders on the walls for dramatic effect, and get the kids to make their way from one end to the other without breaking the web.
  • Tin Can Bowling – paint some tin cans with various Halloween themed faces (think a ghost, Frankenstein, a black cat, a witch etc), and then stack the cans on top of each other and using a tennis ball (or any ball of that size) bowl the cans over.
  • Do a Halloween Scavenger Hunt at home.

How To do a Halloween Scavanger Hunt

  1. Decorate the house inside just as much as you would have done outside in previous years. I’m thinking Spider webs on the walls, candles (the fake ones obvs), spooky lighting, laser lights, bats hanging from the ceilings, etc.
  2. Get the kids out of the house for about 30 minutes.
  3. Hide sweets all around the house. You can either makeup clues directing the kids from one room to another, or just let them run wild. This will depend on how old they are really.
  4. Let them dress up if they aren’t already.
  5. Get them armed with a flashlight and a bag/basket in preparation for their haul.
  6. Explain the rules, or hand them the map/route if you did one. If they are older kids, at this stage you could even set a timer.
  7. Switch off all the lights and set them off on their Halloween scavenger hunt.
  8. Listen for the spooky squeals of delight as they hunt the house in the dark for all their Halloween sweets.

Have A Halloween Disco At Home

One of my personal favourite ideas for Halloween in Lockdown is to have a fun family disco at home with the kids but putting on some Halloween music and just dancing it out! The kids will love it, and it’ll help them burn off the excitement and excessive sugar they will most likely have consumed. Here is the best Halloween Playlist for kids. There are some old classics, as well as some of the newer music.

I hope that’s given you some inspiration of what to do this Halloween. 2020 is certainly pushing us out of our comfort zones and forcing us to think outside the conventional boxes of our traditional lives. Although I’m not going to lie, I’m quite excited not to be spending Halloween trying to keep track of my girls on a dark, cold and probably wet evening on what is always a FREEZING cold day in Yorkshire!

These ideas for Halloween in Lockdown will hopefully help you to ensure your kids have an awesome lockdown Halloween despite Corona, which is nightmarish on its own. I’m just going to call it and predict that there will be a LOT of viruses inspired costumes this year!

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