Fun Stay At Home Halloween Activities For Families

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. You can imagine my disappointment when I figured out that this year traditional Halloween activities would be cancelled. 

I had planned on this being L’s first year to go trick or treating since he’s finally talking and ready to do this. However, 2020 had different plans and in an effort to make the most of the situation we are in I’m making some changes.

To be honest, I’m actually extremely excited to do Halloween at home this year. I actually feel like at home Halloween could start new traditions that are actually better for my family.

First, I won’t be teaching my son that it’s ok to take candy from strangers this one day of the year. Second, once the pandemic is over and life can continue as normal we can create a haunted house the whole block can enjoy. 

Maybe, with a bit more time, we can get back to actually knowing who our neighbors are and building relationships with them.

Kids with pumpkins

Stay At Home Halloween Ideas

Here are just a few of the ideas I thought of when thinking about how to celebrate Halloween at home this year. Hopefully, some of these will work out wonderfully with your family to create at least great memories for your kids.

Plan An Exclusive Halloween Party

You can decorate your living room for a party with your family. Put up spooky decorations, plan activities, and plan out a party your family can enjoy together.

Put up spider webs in the corners of the room. Add a black curtain to your doorways by cutting open black garbage bags and cutting them into fringe. Use white garbage bags to create spooky ghosts. This window cling set is a great, inexpensive way, to add a bit of gore to your Halloween decor too.

Then once your room is decorated have fun eating party foods, listening to Halloween party music, and watching classic movies.

Make Homemade Halloween Treats

Sure candy is delicious but making your own sugar high inducing treats is a fun family experiment. Make candy apples, popcorn balls, rice crispy treats, and puppy chow. Get creative with food coloring or spooky shapes too.

Homemade treats are better than candy you can buy at the store and it fills a full day with activities that have a lasting memory. This is one tradition I am looking forward to starting with my family.

Share Scary Stories

Tell scary stories in your living room while gathered around this inflatable campfire prop. If you have an actual fire pit in your backyard you could probably just use that too.

Sharing scary made up stories, urban legends, and fairy tales is a great Halloween activity the whole family can enjoy. Obviously, keep the stories age appropriate in order to avoid children climbing into your bed because they’re scared.

Watch Halloween Themed Movies

For younger kids I recommend watching the Monsters Inc movies. For older kids Hocus Pocus, Nightmare Before Christmas, and Addams Family are great choices. Once you get into the teenage years you can add other classics like Little Shop of Horrors, Beetlejuice, and Practical Magic. 

Of course if your teens really like the slasher flicks there are tons of those to choose from. We aren’t big on the slasher flicks or horror movies so I don’t typically include them in our Halloween film rotation.

Have A Costume Runway Fashion Show

Using items you already own, create costumes together and put on a runway show right in your living room. This is a great way to get creative and you can turn it into a game.

Have people guess who you are and if they get it right they get a piece of candy or a treat. There will be lots of laughing and excitement in a game like this that will give your family memories that last.

Girl about 6-7 wearing a pink princess costume for Halloween

Create Some Halloween Crafts

If you have younger kids crafts are always a hit. You can create monster masks, pipe cleaner spider webs, construction paper bats, and toilet roll spooky characters.

Crafts are a great way to spend your time on this holiday that’s fun and keeps you and your family safely indoors. 

Create A Halloween Candy Scavenger Hunt

An indoor scavenger hunt is a fun way to do trick or treating at home. Hide candy all over the house with note cards and send your kids on a scavenger hunt through the house to find the candy.

I like the idea of hiding small amounts of candy with each envelope that sends them off to the next hiding spot and at the end having a big bowl filled with candy. The biggest pros to this over trick or treating are, you don’t have to check the candy to make sure it’s safe and there is no involvement from strangers.

Play An Escape Room Game

Escape room games are extremely popular and this is a fun way to challenge your family. Set up an escape room scenario in an extra room in your home, the garage, or basement. Set clues that your kids or family need to figure out in order to leave the room.

For a super fun time set up a camera to record and catch hilarity that you can watch again and again. 

Turn Your Basement, Garage, Or Whole House Into A Haunted House

Set up a haunted house maze in your house and let the kids go through it. Dress up as scary zombies or vampires and give your kids a good scare. Obviously, keep your kids age and how they feel about scary things in mind so as not to scar them for life.

For instance, if your kid is afraid of clowns don’t put clowns in the haunted house. 

Do just the basement or garage, or if you really want to go all out, turn the whole house into a creepy haunt. It’s a great activity, the kids will help set it up, and the whole family will have fun with it.

Go Camping In Your Backyard

Finally, there is nothing like telling spooky stories and eating s’mores around a campfire. Put that fire pit to use and set up a tent for family camping in a backyard. It’s a memory making idea that your kids and family will love.

Camping in the backyard provides all the fun of camping with the ability to use indoor plumbing. You eat campfire foods, star gaze, and tell spooky stories late into the night before you all fall asleep.

A Lit Jack-O-Latern

Have A Safe And Happy Halloween

Halloween is a fun holiday and we don’t have to let a bummer year ruin this for us too. So this year take some extra time and create a fun Halloween experience that keeps you and your family safely away from strangers.

Enjoy candy, movies, and games. Plan a whole haunted house or camping trip in the backyard. You’ll have fun on Halloween this year, I promise.

What plans are you making for Halloween? Let me know in the comments below. Follow me on Pinterest for more like this and pin this to your favorite Halloween boards.

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Crystal Lynn

Crystal is the founder & CEO of MommyThrives and also full-time mom to a very active little guy. She’s passionate about cooking, cleaning, and organizing and turns her experiences into actionable systems to make mom-life simpler. When she’s not busy, you can find her reading, painting, or even on occasion indulging herself shooting bandits in Borderlands on her PC.

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