Alternative Things to do on Halloween – 2020 Edition

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Happy Spooky Season! October is my favorite month of the year because I love fall, the cool weather, and of course Halloween. Every year I look forward to Halloween – it’s my favorite holiday and I love looking or creating my costume. Getting creative and dressing up is fun and I love seeing everyone rocking their cool costumes.

This Halloween will be looking a bit different, thanks corona! But we are not letting this pandemic stop us from celebrating and there are many things to do on Halloween besides going out trick or treating or heading to that Halloween party.

Halloween is not canceled

Every year I look forward to Halloween because I enjoy dressing up, seeing others in costumes, and going to parties. I’m sure I’m not the only one and although, this year things will be slightly different don’t let this pandemic ruin your mood because there are still things to do on Halloween that are fun and creative.

Depending on where you live there might be restrictions on what you can and can’t do this Halloween thanks to corona. Although we will be celebrating Halloween during a pandemic there are still plenty of spooky activities you can join in and you can definitively dress up — best believe I will!

Most importantly safety first!

First of all, regardless of how you decide to spend Halloween remember to always wear a mask, carry hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, maintain your distance, and take precautions. Some costumes come with a mask, incorporate a mask, or even decorate your mask just make sure you wear one. Secondly, you don’t need to be outdoors you can perfectly celebrate Halloween at home and still have a good time. There are many things to do on Halloween and if you’re clueless or trying to figure out what to do, don’t worry I’m sharing some cool activities with you!

Pumpkin Patch

Start getting in the fall/spooky season by heading to your local pumpkin patch and buying some pumpkins. Pumpkin patches are always a good idea either to spend family time, explore and get out of the daily routine. Depending on where you go you’ll find some farm animals, buy fruits and vegetables or simply enjoy the set-up walk around, take some photos and enjoy all the fall vibes.

I recently went to Tapia Bros Farm and I saw some animals, some spooky displays and bought mini pumpkins. If you’re in the Los Angeles area here is a list of pumpkin patches you can visit, some might be free and other you might have to pay an entrance fee:

Tina’s Pumpkin Patch

Mr. Jack O’Lanterns Pumpkins

Underwood Family Farms

Shawn’s Pumpkin Patch 

Tanaka Farms  

Live Oak Canyon Pumpkin Farms 

Pumpkin Carving Party

If you were able to head out to a pumpkin patch and buy pumpkins you can carve them and if you didn’t get the chance you can buy pumpkins anywhere like at Home Depot, Target, Ralphs, or any grocery store. Overall, pumpkin carving is so much fun and if you have kids they will definitively enjoy this activity. First of all, there are infinite designs and ideas on how you can carve your pumpkin. To make your life easier there are carving kits that you can purchase to help the process. Get your kids, family, and friends creative you can have a small gathering and carve pumpkins together or host a zoom carving party! If you happen to like pumpkin well you can always bake it, cook it and enjoy it too.

Don’t you worry there are more things to do on Halloween!
Zoom O’ Ween

How about a virtual Halloween? For example, have your friends and family join you on zoom to celebrate Halloween and yes, it’s not the same as being there in person, but this way everyone can join in on the fun. On your zoom party, you can all parade and show off your costumes, eat candy virtually together, tell scary stories, or even have a costume contest virtually!

Candy Hunt

Candy is an essential part of Halloween therefore, this candy hunt is perfect for everyone especially the kids! First of all, buy all the candy and have everyone dress up and you can even have a mini costume parade. Have everyone show off their costumes maybe even have the best costume prize, most creative, scary, etc. and after hide all the candy throughout the house. This year instead of trick or treating everyone will have to find their own candy and it’ll be like egg hunting but with candy.

No costume, No candy how about a chill night in?

Spooky Baking + Playlist

Not everyone likes to dress up or eat candy however, you can still join the fun with some baking. How about inviting your friends over and bake together? First of all, baking is fun and relaxing and this Halloween you can get creative and spooky. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a plan to me. Get in the mood by going the extra step by creating a spooky playlist and even have a scary movie marathon to enjoy your baked goods.

Here are some fun, creative and spooky baking ideas:

Witch Cupcakes

Pumpkin Cake

Spooky Candy Bark

Halloween Brownies

Mummy Dogs

Jack O’ Lantern Cookies

Spooky Movie Marathon

Finally, it is not Halloween without scary movies so why not stay in and have a spooky movie marathon. I have to admit, I am not a big fan of scary movies, but what’s the point of Halloween if there isn’t a spooky vibe. Here are some movies and shows you can watch this Halloween:

  • US – HBO Max
  • Goosebumps 2 – Netflix
  • The Babysitter – Netflix
  • Light as a feather – Hulu
  • Castle Rock – Hulu
  • The Exorcist – Hulu
  • The Witch – HBO Max
  • The Invisible Man – HBO
  • The Curse of La Llorona – HBO Max
  • Hubie Halloween – Netflix
  • Los Espookys – HBO
  • Lovecraft County – HBO Max
  • The Addams Family – Netflix
  • Crawl – Hulu
  • Ready or Not – HBO Max
  • Get Out – Hulu
  • The Host – Hulu
  • Jeepers Creepers – HBO Max
  • IT – Hulu
  • It Follows – Hulu
  • Casper – Hulu
  • Coraline – Hulu

I’ve already watched all of these movies/shows and they are pretty good and spooky! I will definitively be watching new spooky movies for the remaining of October. If you watch any of these movies let me know how you like them. I hope you enjoyed these things to do on Halloween post or you found some ideas or inspiration on how to stay spooky. I hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween.

Happy Coronaween!

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