Pop on some “spooky” tunes and turn the lights down for dancing! To add to the atmosphere, cut out some eye shapes in toilet rolls and pop in a glow stick so you have spooky eyes watching you dance!
Spooky tunes playlist: Monster Mash – Bobby Pickett, Thriller – Michael Jackson, The Phantom of the Opera – Andre Lloyd Webber, Ghostbuster – Ray Parker Jr. Time Warp – Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Addams Family Theme Tune, Monster – Lady Gaga, Get your Freak ok – Missy Elliot and Ghost – Ella Henderson.
When the Easter bunny visits our house he leaves cardboard bunnies/eggs and chocolate hidden around and the kids LOVE hunting it out. Why not give this a Halloween makeover? Print off some pictures of pumpkins and witches etc and hide them around the house (or garden) along with some Halloween treats (sweets or alternative suggestions listed further in this blog). Other ideas shown in the photos below, such a a ghost number hunt, hiding Halloween eggs or making lollipop ghosts to go hunting for.
We also have a Mumbler Halloween Treasure trail for you to download, print and cut out. Lots of spooky clues for the kids to follow, maybe they could find some treats as they go along or at the end?
How about sending a ‘Happy Halloween’ card? Yes ok it’s not the normal Halloween tradition, but anything goes in 2020! Plus my kids are often more motivated to do a craft/ picture and spend more time doing it if it’s getting sent to someone.
You will be able to pick up a Halloween costume at most supermarkets from anytime now. You may be able to purchase a second hand one (keep an eye on the Mumbler facebook page on a weekend for selling). You could make one too. There’s plenty of DIY inspiration on the interest. A full outfit isn’t required, why not just do a bit of face painting, or make an accessory such as a mask or witches headband.
Create a Halloween at home cinema experience. You could all be in fancy dress and enjoy some Halloween food whilst watching something spooky. Spooky Film options include:
Hotel Transylvania Casper The Addams Family The Witches Hocus Pocus Paranorman Goosebumps The Haunted Mansion Monster House Coraline The Corpse Bride Gremlins Ghost Busters
NB: Parent’s may wish to watch these first just to check they are happy for their children to watch them. Some sensitive children may be a little spooked by some (i still refuse to watch the witches and ghostbusters as an adult!)
Eat, drink & be Scary!
My kids love a “party tea”. Even if there’s no friends over it just feels a bit more special for them if it’s buffet style! Why not adapt some recipes to make them fit the Halloween theme. It doesn’t need to just be sweets etc either, there’s plenty of healthier options eg ghost bananas, fruit platter pumpkins or pumpkin satsumas.
If you did still wish to go trick or treating, some ways to reduce the risk include: – Arrange with friends / family to visit them e.g. classmates who are already in their “bubble” therefore reducing new contacts. – Don’t go in large groups – Adults could wear a mask – Don’t encourage sharing of Halloween props/accessories etc. – Leave a bowl of sweets outside therefore no touching of the doorbell / door required – Lots of alcohol gel as you go and handwashing as soon as they get home.