Halloween in Quarantine? Here are some ideas!

Are you like me crying that Halloween will most likely be cancelled this year? Even though it’s on a Saturday? And a full moon?! Great! Let’s wallow in self pity together. Anyway, I’m not defeated so easily, so I thought I’d make a list of Halloween activities you can do while in quarantine!

Halloween for me is extra special, because it’s also my birthday. This year I turn 26 (help) and I was really looking forward to organizing another Halloween party for my friends. Unfortunately Covid came along, and even though we all thought it would be over by now, it is not. So now I’m thinking of alternatives. Obviously, there will be no trick or treating (not that that’s a thing in the Netherlands anyway), and no big parties either.

So here is my list of quarantine-proof activities you can do to still bring that Halloween spirit in your home!

~ Host a movie night!

Movie nights are great, because with technology being the way it is, you can all watch the same movie, at the same time, at different places! Obviously if it is safe (and allowed) to do so, you can also invite a couple of friends over. Here, we can have three guests per day for now, so I could theoretically grab three close friends and watch movies all night.

It is Halloween, so stay in the spirit by watching some Halloween classics like the Nightmare Before Christmas, Hocus Pocus, or Halloweentown! Or if you’re into it, host a horror movie marathon!

~ Taste-test all the Halloween candy!

I’m sure that in many places Halloween candy is still on sale everywhere. How fun would it be to grab a couple of bags and taste-test them! This is definitely something I’d do with my friends in real life or via video. It would be extra fun if you and your friends picked out different candies for each other. Maybe document the entire experience as well!

Apparently we have Halloween candy here too, so I’m going to hunt for those and try some Dutch candies for once.

~ Carve a pumpkin!

You don’t even need anyone in your house for pumpkin carving. This is one of those activities that you can do by yourself. Extra points if the weather is nice and you can take your pumpkin to your yard. I’m going pumpkin carving next week, and I’m excited to have my own pumpkin in front of my house soon!

~ Read a spooky book!

Not all of us want to be super active the entire day. Reading a spooky book is a perfect way to spend Halloween, too! Or maybe read a book that has been on your TBR for super long? Don’t forget to set the mood with a bunch of candles and blankets!

~ Make a Halloween charcuterie board!

I found this idea on Pinterest and just had to share it here. Even though it’s not technically a charcuterie board because it has neither meat nor cheese… But this activity would be really fun to combine with the taste-testing! Just look how gorgeous this board looks:

halloween snack board

~ Bake a bunch of Halloween themed food!

This post is almost becoming food themed now, but obviously I have to include baking. There are so many fun recipes to make for Halloween, both for the humble beginner and the experienced baker. My friend and I used to make a ton of Halloween snacks before my birthday party each year, and I hope that this year we can do that too. Minus the party, of course.

Check out my Halloween Recipes Pinterest Board where I’ve saved a bunch of recipes!

~ Make your neighbors’ day!

Here is an idea if you’re feeling extra friendly. How about filling some goodie bags with candies and leave them in the mailboxes of your neighbors! This is extra fun when you attach fun tags, and definitely don’t let them know it was you. It should be fun to see your neighbors try and figure out who left them those delicious candies!

And that’s it! What do you think? I’m sad Halloween won’t be the same as every year, but I’m also not going to sit in the dark and cry all night. I’m going to try some of these fun activities!

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  1. October 21, 2020 / 7:49 pm

    That Halloween Charcuterie board is such a fabulous idea!

    • simonevanheijst
      October 21, 2020 / 11:22 pm

      Right? I’m totally going to make one

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