Halloween during a Pandemic
Halloween is certainly going to look a lot different in 2020 so you may be wondering how we celebrate it during the coronavirus pandemic.
We may not be able to do the traditional trick or treating or host Halloween parties but there lots we can still do to safely enjoy an eco-friendly Halloween at home this year.
Here's our top 10 Guide to a having safe, eco-friendly Halloween
- Get outdoors and go pumpkin picking
- Love your Pumpkin
- Have a scary movie marathon
- Make and wear your costume
- Get crafty with decorations
- Compile a Halloween playlist and play on loop
- Bake some spooky treats
- Mix up a magic mocktail
- Halloween games for the kids
- Get virtual with family and friends
1. Get outdoors and go pumpkin picking
If you're lucky enough to live near a pumpkin picking farm, why not pick your own this year? Support a local farm and enjoy the delights of scouring the pumpkin fields for the perfect pumpkin. Whether you're after a pumpkin to carve, decorate your home or to eat right away you'll be spoilt for choice!
2. Love your pumpkin
Every year an estimated 10 million pumpkins are grown here in the UK, 95% of which are carved out for Halloween. Shockingly more than 18,000 tonnes of edible pumpkin flesh is binned as people choose not to eat it!
Looking for delicious pumpkin recipes? Get some inspiration with Hubbub's Eat Your Pumpkin Campaign
3. Have a spooky movie marathon
Turn the lights down and settle in for the night with some plastic free treats and a scary movie. Here's some of our family favourites ...
Movies for the little ones
- Room on the Broom (2013 - U)
- Hotel Transylvania (2012 - U)
- Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015 - U)
- Toy Story of Terror (2014 - U)
Family Friendly Movies
- Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005 - PG)
- Goosebumps (2015 - PG)
- The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008 - PG)
- The Corpse Bride (2005 - PG)
- The Witches (1990 - PG)
- Ghostbusters (1984 - PG)
- Casper (1995 - PG)
- The Addams Family (2019 - PG)
4. Make and wear your own Halloween costume
You may be staying in this year but that doesn't mean you can't have fun dressing up!
Did you know that most shop bought Halloween costumes in the UK are made up of 90% plastic, mainly polyester? This can equate to over 2600 tonnes of plastic waste if you consider the number of costumes bought, sold and thrown away every year!
Making your own costume can feel 'scary' for those who feel they're not creative, however some of the best Halloween costumes are the simplest. Why not go old 'ghoul' with the classic white bed sheet, plain black clothes for the superstitious black cat or you could repurpose clothes that are past their best, shred them and add some red food colouring for blood to create the perfect zombie costume. Take a look at this great idea for a DIY skeleton costume!
If DIY is not for you why not check out your local charity shop for a range of second hand costumes. They'll be a fraction of the cost of new and can be donated back or passed on after use.
5. Get crafty with eco-friendly decorations
Get crafty and avoid the plastic tat by making your own decorations that can be reused again and again. Keep the children busy this half term with this fun activity. Looking for some ideas? Check out this video for simple Halloween Craft ideas ...
6. Compile a Halloween playlist and play on loop
Have a blast at home with some spooky sounds! Enjoy a dance or play some ghoulish games to some terrifying tunes.
Here's some of our favourite Halloween tunes ...
- "Monster Mash" — Bobby (Boris) Pickett
- "Ghostbusters" Theme — Ray Parker Jr.
- "Superstition" — Stevie Wonder
- "The Addams Family" Theme — Vic Mizzy
- "I'm in Love with a Monster" — Fifth Harmony
7. Homemade or Plastic Free Halloween Treats
Keep the kids entertained this half term with some Halloween home baking! Need some inspiration? With a scary selection of homemade creepy cookies, spooky sweets and Eerie eyeball pops, BBC Good Food have some brilliant Halloween recipes.
Baking or cooking not your thing? Pick up some plastic free bakes and treats from your local bakery. You could buy some plain biscuits that the kids could decorate at home. The messier they are the more scary!
8. Mix up a magic mocktail
Stir up some trouble and have some fun, mixing up creepy mocktail concoctions. This simple, fruity Halloween punch, garnished with fizzy fangs is sure to be a hit with the whole family.
Halloween Punch Ingredients (BBC Good Food Recipe)
2 litres cherry juice
Peel from 3 oranges
1 thumb-sized red chilli , pierced a few times but left whole
3 cinnamon sticks
6 slices ginger
Dracula's fangs sweets (available from sweet shops), to serve, optional
How to make the Halloween Punch
- Pop the cherry juice, orange peel, chilli, cinnamon sticks, cloves and ginger all into a large saucepan.
- Simmer for 5 mins, then turn off the heat.
- Leave to cool, then chill for at least 4 hrs, or up to 2 days – the longer you leave it the more intense the flavours.
- If serving to young children, take the chilli out after a few hours.
- If using the sweets, decorate each glass with a fang after pouring.
9. Halloween Games for the kids
Disappointed that you can't go trick or treating this year? Why not make up for it with some fun games to play at home. You could still give your kids some treat bags which could be filled up when playing games at home. Each time your child wins a game, a treat can be placed in their bags.
Here's some Halloween Games ideas ...
- Halloween I Spy Game
- Pin the Spider on the Web
- Halloween Charades
- HalloweenTreasure Hunt
Looking for more ideas? Visit Goodhousekeeping for much more ...
10. Host a virtual Halloween get together
Most of us are familiar with online virtual get togethers by now so why not host your very own Halloween virtual party for family and friends?
Check out our virtual party ideas ...
- Dress up Competition
- Use your Halloween playlist to play games such as musical statues or have a dance off
- Halloween Karaoke
- Scary story telling
What are your plans for Halloween this year?
Let us know your plans in the comments below!
Happy Halloween and stay safe,
Eco Beau x